It has always been our understanding that the smog test goes with the car and not with the person that owns the car. Just recently, however, we learned that is not the case; the smog test, according to a Nevada Revised Statute, stays with the person and not the vehicle.
For years, people who have conducted business in Clark County, Las Vegas or North Las Vegas were only obliged to obtain their business license in the city in which their business was located; but now, people conducting business in any of these jurisdictions are forced to obtain another license with the Secretary of State’s office, which costs $200 a year regardless of the profit, loss, or anything in between, according to another Nevada Revised Statute.
In neither case could the employees or supervisors in those particular offices tell us what NRS specifically addresses the issues we are referring to. They were not able to give a clear explanation because even they don’t know.
Members of the Senate and the Assembly are elected to serve the constituents of their district and the residents of Clark County as a whole. So far they are ignoring them, and in many cases, they even participate in the extortion scheme committed by lobbyists and representatives of these government entities appearing before the Legislature.
This newspaper, from 1998 to 2007, was located in a city jurisdiction (608 South 3rd Street); from 2007 up to 2011 our office was located in the county and we never were forced to apply for a state license through the Secretary of State. Now we are told by city licensing that they cannot process a business license if the $200.00 yearly fee to the state is not paid.
In the old days only privileged licenses needed state licenses and a license for the city they were located in, with the exception of bail bondsmen that need a license for every jurisdiction, from Mesquite to Laughlin, North Las Vegas and Henderson to Boulder City, and any place where their services might be needed.
We have both city and state licenses, and we are in compliance with city and state rules and regulations (they are not laws); the company vehicle is registered and has up-to-date plates until June of this year, and those issues do not affect us per se, so that is not the point. The point is that if the city and the state are going to extort money from the business, the least they can do is let those businesses know the exact NRS they are referring to; they should not treat people that are contributing to the coffers of the city and state as ignorant.
The Nevada legislators need to stop playing politics, attacking each other and blaming everyone else but themselves and start serving the community as they are supposed to do.
The Republicans, now the majority, are too busy trying to attack each other for different reasons or just to be on the good side of the governor that, come 2016, will turn his back on the state, the legislature and the people of Nevada to improve his own political career.
There is not reason whatsoever why the smog test only applies to cars when it is convenient to the government officials, but to the individual when it benefits the coffers of that office.
We see no reason why a mom and pop operation, that’s never going to do business outside their city block perimeter, has to pay an extra $200.00 to the Secretary of State, taking time from their busy schedule to fill up the same application they are going to fill at the lower level jurisdiction, where they are going to be doing business.
All elected and public officials need to stop controlling the community as they please and as benefits them, their allies, and
campaign contributors, and start being fair to all residents alike.
In fact, all those new legislators who are taking office for the first time need to use their time more resourcefully and represent the people of Nevada as they deserve to be represented.
They need to amend the term limit laws and make sure that Nevadans will not support those leaches that are representing themselves as public servants when in reality they don’t have a profession or a trade to support themselves after leaving office or being butted out.
Any term limit should be a term limit, not a game of musical chairs, jumping from senate to assembly to county commissioner and on and on and on.