AB340 Testimony (State level REINS Act)

Daniel Honchariw

re: Testimony in Support of Assembly Bill 340 of the 2021 Nevada Legislature

 

Members of the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs:

NPRI strongly supports Assembly Bill 340 and urges each member of this committee to do the same.

This bill, from a taxpayer’s perspective, is desperately needed. The status quo suffers from a lack of legislative oversight regarding some of our state’s most costly expenditures. Assemblyman Matthews’ proposal seeks to remedy this by prohibiting state agencies from implementing the most costly of these measures unilaterally—essentially injecting a legislative and gubernatorial “check” against an ever-expanding administrative state.

By requiring both the legislature’s and the governor’s explicit authorization of any regulatory appropriation in excess of $10,000,000, this bill will curb the rate at which the administrative state has grown in recent years and promote cost-efficient solutions.

While, unfortunately, the federally-proposed REINS Act—after which AB340 is modeled—has not been enacted, the state of Wisconsin implemented its own REINS Act in 2017. In other words, this concept is neither novel nor untested.

Government has a fundamental obligation to its taxpayers to limit wasteful and unaccountable spending wherever possible. AB340 simply provides an appropriate tool for that purpose.

 

Respectfully,

Daniel Honchariw, MPA
NPRI Director of Legislative Affairs
Daniel Honchariw

Daniel Honchariw

Director of Legislative Affairs

Daniel Honchariw joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in May 2016. He focuses mostly on fiscal policy and public-sector labor relations, and he has also published extensively on the abuses of civil asset forfeiture. His work has been featured and/or cited by in-state and national publications including USA Today, The New Yorker, Reason, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Reno Gazette-Journal. When the Nevada Legislature is in session, he appears each Thursday @3PM on the Kevin Wall Radio Show (670AM Las Vegas) to provide insight into what’s happening in Carson City.

Prior to joining, Daniel had been a lifelong California resident. His experience includes stints with the National Labor Relations Board, multiple financial services firms, and a Tahoe ski resort. He is a sports fanatic, political junkie, and chess enthusiast.

Daniel holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University (’09), an M.P.A. in Public Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills (’14), and a Certificate in Accounting from Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management (’21).