Resolutions adopted at the 4/24/2010 Humboldt County Convention:
Resolution Subject: Election Finance Reform
WHEREAS, becoming an elected official is one of the greatest forms of public service and that there are many barriers to entry, most of them being financial, and
WHEREAS, a great majority of voters across this nation feel disenfranchised by the processes we use to elect our officials,
WHEREAS, technology has allowed for more accurate vote counts,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we pursue enacting legislation that would:
- Cap amounts used to run for public office
- Cap amounts allowed for individual and corporate donations to candidates
- Regulate donations by setting fees for misuse and unallowable donations
- Eliminate the electoral college as the means by which elections are decided rather than popular vote. (Line eliminated during 4/24/2010 convention.)
Resolution Subject: Health Care Reform
WHEREAS, Nevada, like the rest of the U.S. faces a health care crises cause by increasing numbers of uninsured people, sky-rocketing costs and limited access even for those who are insured, and unfair health disparities that hurt the well-being of our communities;
WHEREAS, overall health care spending in Nevada has risen dramatically in recent years without corresponding improvements in access and quality;
WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of Nevada’s residents have no insurance including children;
WHEREAS, since 2000, average health insurance premiums for working Nevadans have risen 60%, a rate at least three times faster than average earnings;
WHEREAS, health care disparities result in unequal access and care for minorities, particularly Hispanics in Nevada who are three as likely to be uninsured and women who are one of the fastest growing groups of uninsured Nevadans;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party calls on our federal government to enact legislation that guarantees access to quality, affordable health care for everyone in the United States. In addition, we believe that health care must insure:
- Quality health care for everyone with a choice of doctors and plans, without gaps in access or coverage,
- Preventive care as part of any basic benefit plan that promotes health and eliminates economic and racial disparities,
- Controlled costs by providing care that is cost-efficient and medically effective, and
- Financing that is fair with responsibility shared by employers, individuals and government.
- Nevada’s democratic candidates run in support of health care reform as enacted. (Added during 4/13/2010 Mtg)
Resolution Subject: Legalization of Medical Marijuana
WHEREAS, prohibition of marijuana has been a failure as our prisons are overflowing,
WHEREAS, millions of dollars have been expended for prosecution and imprisonment
WHEREAS, marijuana has been shown to be effective in reducing the nausea induced by cancer chemotherapy, stimulates the appetite in AIDS patients, reduced intraocular pressure in people with glaucoma, reduced muscular spasticity in patients with neurological disorders,
WHEREAS, studies have shown that marijuana decreases rather than increases aggression
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED legislation be enacted to create a structure similar to that for alcohol regulating marijuana sales to adults, barring sales to or possession by those under 21 years of age, and
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED revenue from fees, sales, and excise taxes should be directed to drug education and treatment programs.
Resolution Subject: Economic Growth (Local Organization)
WHEREAS, we as Winnemucca residents have elected officials who manage our tax revenues, administer regulations and plan for the future growth and economic development of our community.
WHEREAS, we as Winnemucca residents have not always devoted adequate attention to actions of the City Council, County Commission, and planning commission, we have seen dissent within our community throughout the last year over the proposed development of a mega-dump
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committe work with the City Council, County Commission, and Planning Commission to learn about programs, plans and activities projected to affect our community and take appropriate actions to support or to oppose those actions within specified timelines.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we develop working relationships with the City Council, County Commission and Planning Commission to aid in the economic development and promotion of our community.
Resolution Subject: Technical and Vocational Education
WHEREAS, Most jobs now require a minimum of 12th grade education, most self-sustaining and ‘green’ jobs require at least one year of post-secondary education, and the economy of the future will require ever increasing numbers of skilled workers, and
WHEREAS, Vocational education and training is and can be an efficient high-grade system for helping learners develop professional and trade competencies; and
WHEREAS, There is a critical shortage of vocational and technical education programs to meet the existing and anticipated needs of the people at the local, state, and national level; and
WHEREAS, There is an urgent need for teachers, researchers, coordinators, supervisors, teacher educators and administrators in vocational and technical education; and
WHEREAS, Projections indicate that many workers will need to be retrained several times during their productive years; and
WHEREAS, A major portion of the current and future labor force will require training and retraining in occupations where vocational and technical programs can meet their needs; and
WHEREAS, Nevada’s economic competitiveness and future development potential throughout the state are vitally related to the quality and quantity of trained staffing made available through appropriate vocational and technical programs; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Nevada recognize that vocational education and training is a valuable component of our educational system, with equal importance and status to general and technological protrams within our secondary and/or tertiary educational system.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Nevada recognize the value of vocational education in diversifying and meeting the needs of its citizenry in developing highly skilled workers and in its ability to draw more diversified industries to conduct business in Nevada.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Nevada utilize education-industry partnerships to create industry specific curricula designed to enhance “first-day” new-hire skill sets and productivity.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Nevada utilize community collaborations to develop formal plans that provide creativity and problem solving throughout pre-employment and on the job training, and to strengthen adult and K-12 programs that equips all learners to make informed decisions, manage their lives effectively, and achieve their fullest potential and contribution.
Resolution Subject: Alternative Energy
WHEREAS, there is an increasing need for using renewable energy sources and implementing
conservation practices to reduce reliance upon non-renewable products such as oil, and
WHEREAS, consumers are seeking housing which promotes conservation and the use of alternative forms of energy, and
WHEREAS, our nation’s 81 million buildings consume more energy than any other sector of the
U.S. economy, and
WHEREAS, a variety of renewable alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal,
bio-mass, ethanol, and hydrogen are currently available and/or in research and development,
WHEREAS, renewable alternative energy sources will not be depleted and are environmentally
friendly if careful attention is paid to location and/or use decisions, and
WHEREAS, renewable alternative energy sources can meet today’s needs of families, consumers,
and communities without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own
WHEREAS, continual reliance on importation of foreign oil represents a national security problem for our nation,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Democratic Party endorse education for families, consumers, and community leaders on the use of renewable alternative energy as well as funding and economic incentives to support research, development and deployment of wind, solar and geothermal renewable energy projects for both commercial and residential installations.
Comments that were associated with this page before it was moved:
April 14, 2010 at 1:49 am
Marijuana – possible modification for resolved:
BE IT RESOLVED THAT
We praise the Obama administration for its bold step to make marijuana available for medical purposes,
We call upon states that do not yet provide the reasonable regulation of medical marijuana to do so as soon as possible, to alleviate suffering wherever possible.
We recommend replacing the current policy of marijuana prohibition with a taxed and regulated system modeled on how alcohol is treated in the U.S.
April 14, 2010 at 1:52 am
Health Care Resolution – add an additional bullet
• Nevada’s democratic candidates run in support of health care reform as passed.
April 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm
Nicki Schumacher Says:
April 18, 2010 at 10:02 pm
Whereas, Nevada, like the entire nation and world, has experienced a deep and unprcedented loss of revenue to the point its citizens have experienced severe hardships that need to be corrected to prevent a reccurence of the devastating circumstances.
Therefore, be it resolved that the Humboldt County Democrats call on the state of Nevada to establish a State of Nevada Bank that will be used for:
1. Better control of state monies.
2. Make money available to finance state businesses.
3. Make money available to establish energy saving green jobs and equipment that can be use for job creation and to lower energy cost incurred by the state.
Therefore, be it resolved that a board be created to monitor investments and return on investment. The board would insure that monies are invested in good, safe investments inside the boundaries of safety.
Therefore, be is resolved that an exploratory group obtain information from North Dakota, the only state to have such a state bank at this time.
Carolyn Rogers Says:
January 20, 2012 at 10:04 am
Vicki, This sounds good and I don’t have anything to add.