NAC Update
NEVADA SENATE BILL 247

June 8, 2005

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DATE: June 8, 2005
SUBJECT:
Victory! Nevada Senate Bill 247
TO: Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee is pleased to tell you of a victory in the state of Nevada. With the grass roots help of large numbers of naturists and other concerned citizens, NAC has derailed a legislative bill that would have defined "live adult entertainment" to include naturist activities.

Nevada Senate Bill 247 was passed by the Senate, but issues raised by NAC stalled the measure in an Assembly committee. The bill never made it to a floor vote. The Nevada legislative session was concluded yesterday, and SB 247 is officially dead.


WHAT WAS SB 247?

Senate Bill 247 was introduced by Nevada State Senator (and gubernatorial hopeful) Dina Titus as a measure to enhance revenue. It proposed a revision to an existing state entertainment tax. The bill targeted "live adult entertainment," employing strangely worded definitions that could have been interpreted to include naturist resorts and even commercial facilities used occasionally for naturist activities.


WHAT DID NAC DO?

  • NAC provided personal testimony against Senate Bill 247 in the Senate Taxation Committee, in the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee and in the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means.
     
  • A NAC Action Alert called for grass roots contacts with lawmakers, a move that achieved tremendous results.
     
  • Working without a net is for amateurs. NAC had a fallback plan. But instead of seeking an awkward and shaky exemption, NAC proposed alternate legislative language to be used in the event the bill could not be killed.
     
  • Throughout the process, NAC kept up a continuous dialog with members of the state legislature.


WHAT IS NAC ASKING YOU TO DO NOW?

This is not a call to action. It is an Update concerning a success. The Naturist Action Committee is not asking you to take any action at this time.


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Naturist Action Committee board member Allen Baylis stayed doggedly on top of SB 247, and managed this project until the bill was dead.

The ownership and management of Nevada Sun Rancho graciously lent support to NAC on this issue. Nevada Sun Rancho, a resort affiliated with The Naturist Society, is located in Jean, Nevada.

NAC Area Representative Richard Clauser represented NAC in testimony at a legislative hearing on May 16. Also testifying on behalf of naturists and at NAC's request were North Swanson of Tahoe Area Naturists (April 12) and Craig Hartman (May 26).

The Nevada chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) opposed the bill on constitutional grounds.


WHAT ULTIMATELY MADE THE DIFFERENCE?

You did! Your response to the NAC Action Alert of May 13, 2005, was the beginning of the end for SB 247. In its Alert, NAC carefully selected the members of the Assembly committee to which the bill was assigned, and you hit just the right lawmakers with exactly the right remarks.

Speaking of the naturists who responded to NAC's call to action, Assembly majority leader Barbara Buckley said, "I didn't know there were so many ... until we checked the e-mail." Assembly minority leader Lynn Hettrick remarked that lawmakers had received "a ton of mail" from naturists.

The thoughtful and persuasive messages that you sent to the targeted lawmakers did the trick. You identified problems with the bill that couldn't be fixed easily. Instead of slipping quickly through the Assembly's Commerce and Labor Committee, as most pundits had expected, SB 247 was sidetracked to the Ways and Means Committee, from which it never emerged.

Thank you!


MORE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

The complete text of SB 247 is available on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

www.naturistsociety.com.NAC

Select "Alerts, Advisories and Updates" and find this NAC Update under Current Updates. Links will take you to the text of the bill, as well as to previously distributed NAC messages on this issue.


PLEASE HELP NAC TO CONTINUE HELPING NATURISTS!

Fighting bad legislation is expensive, and NAC can continue its successes only through the financial generosity of supporters like you. To donate to NAC, use the address below, or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard or Visa.

    NAC
    PO Box 132
    Oshkosh, WI 54903

Thank you for being an important part of this victory!

Naturally,

Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Board Member Allen Baylis - <rab@baylislaw.com>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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NAC's PROPOSED LANGUAGE FOR NV 2005 SB 247

NAC has proposed that "Live Adult Entertainment" be defined as:

"Live adult entertainment" means any business activity, which includes
the exposure of one or more personal anatomical features by a person or
persons who are physically present for the purpose of the sexual arousal
or gratification of a patron or group of patrons who are physically
present.
 

 

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