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N.R.S. 295.085 - Registered voters’ power of initiative and referendum concerning county ordinances

Overview of Statute

This section provides that voters have the power of initiative and referendum concerning county ordinances.


The registered voters of a county may:

      1.  Propose ordinances to the board and, if the board fails to adopt an ordinance so proposed without change in substance, adopt or reject it at a general election.

      2.  Require reconsideration by the board of any adopted ordinance and, if the board fails to repeal an ordinance so reconsidered, approve or reject it at a general election.

      (Added to NRS by 1967, 380; A 1993, 1032; 2005, 2839)

Definition [General election]

The election held pursuant to NRS 293.12755.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 293.060.

Definition [Registered voter]

An elector who has completed the procedure prescribed by law for registration as a voter.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. §  293.090.

Definition [Board]

As used in NRS 295.075 to 295.125, inclusive, unless the context otherwise requires, “board” means the board of county commissioners.

See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 295.075.


Nevada Cases

Case Name: Horne v. City of Mesquite

Citation: 120 Nev. 700, 100 P.3d 168

Year: 2004

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Case Summary:

  • Citizens of a locality only have legislative powers equal to those that the local governing body possesses.
  • Initiative to require city to sell land by public auction or bid process unlawfully restricts power granted to city.
  • Initiative to require elected city officials to resign from office before becoming a candidate for another elected office unlawfully shortens terms of office.

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