By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY — A proposal by Assemblyman Pat Hickey, R-Reno, to move Nevada’s primary election back to September to shorten the campaign season didn’t get out of the starting gate in 2011.
The Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee held one hearing on Assembly Bill 157, which had cosponsors from both major political parties. But it also saw serious opposition from state election officials and never came up for a vote.
Even so, Hickey said he would like to again pursue the idea of moving the primary closer to the November general election in the 2013 legislative session. The Assembly GOP caucus leader announced his intentions Monday while discussing other proposals to reform the campaign finance and lobbying reporting laws. Hickey said he is not set on a particular date for the primary.
The election season goes on too long and voters lose interest, he said.