Reno Mayor Schieve withdraws amendment to change mayor's powers

Published: Jun. 2, 2017 at 10:47 PM PDT
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Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said Friday she has withdrawn an amendment in the Nevada Legislature that would change the role of Reno mayor and give her veto power over council decisions.

Schieve said at the council meeting her goal in getting an amendment to Assembly Bill 36 was to more clearly define the role of mayor in Reno.

“After further consideration, I have decided to pull the amendment based on feedback and from other mayors who would like to be part of this conversation,” Schieve told the council

Later she added: “My intent was not about veto power and it was not about term limits.”

Scheieve said the focus on the veto power the amendment gave her was misleading.

She did not seek the amendment on behalf of the Reno City Council but did so on her own behalf, Schieve said.

Reno Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson agreed to give her a bill draft request to deal with the issue in the next legislative session, Schieve said.

The public wants the city to focus on potholes, police and parks, the mayor said.

As originally proposed, AB36 would allow ward-only voting in Reno and changed the at-large ward to a specific area instead of the whole city.