The Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy (ACPD), created pursuant to NRS Chapter 225, is charged with assisting the Secretary of State in identifying and proposing programs that support participatory democracy and solutions to any problem concerning the level of participatory democracy in Nevada. The ACPD makes recommendations concerning programs, activities, and events that promote citizen participation in governance, and may support projects by national, state, and local entities that encourage and advance participatory democracy. The ACPD may also honor citizens who perform exemplary service in promoting participatory democracy in Nevada with the "Jean Ford Democracy Award."
If you are interested in serving on the ACPD, please complete and submit a Committee membership application. The submission of an application to serve on the ACPD does guarantee appointment to the Committee.
The Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy consists of not more than 10 members, including the Secretary of State or her designee and not more than 9 members appointed by the Secretary of State.
When appointing members of the ACPD, the Secretary of State considers political, geographical, and demographical factors. The Secretary selects a Chair from among the Committee’s members and designates an employee of the Office of the Secretary of State to serve as Secretary for the Committee. The Chair appoints a Vice Chair from among the members of the Committee.
Each member of the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy serves at the pleasure of the Secretary of State for a 2-year term ending on June 30 of the appropriate year. Not more than five members are appointed to a term of office that expires at the same time so that, as nearly as practicable, approximately half of the appointed members of the ACPD are replaced every year. If a vacancy occurs, the Secretary of State appoints a new member to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term.
Members of the ACPD serve without compensation. Meetings are conducted by videoconference between northern and southern Nevada. Members may attend at the location most convenient to their residence.
The duties of the Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy are set forth in NRS 225.250 and are as follows:
- Assist the Secretary of State in identifying and proposing programs that support participatory democracy and solutions to any problem concerning the level of participatory democracy, including, without limitation, proposing methods to involve the news media in the process of addressing and proposing solutions to such a problem;
- Make recommendations to and discuss recommendations with the Secretary of State concerning matters brought to the attention of the Advisory Committee that relate to a program, activity, event or any combination thereof designed to increase or facilitate participatory democracy, including, without limitation, the interaction of citizens with governing bodies in the formulation and implementation of public policy;
- Establish a "Jean Ford Democracy Award" to honor citizens who perform exemplary service in promoting participatory democracy in this State;
- Support projects by national, state and local entities that encourage and advance participatory democracy, including programs established by the National Conference of State Legislatures, the State Bar of Nevada, and other public and private organizations; and
- Advise the Secretary of State and the Governor concerning the substance of any proclamation issued by the Governor pursuant to NRS 236.035 regarding Constitution Week and Constitution Day.
The ACPD may establish a panel to assist in carrying its duties and responsibilities. The panel may consist of representatives of organizations, associations, groups, or other entities committed to improving participatory democracy in Nevada, including representatives of committees that are led by youths and established to improve the teaching of the principles of participatory democracy in the schools, colleges, and universities of this state.
The Advisory Committee on Participatory Democracy meets at least one time, but not more than four times, in a calendar year. The Secretary of State and the Chair of the ACPD may call a special meeting at such additional time as they deem necessary.
The Chair of the ACPD or, in his or her absence, the Vice Chair, presides at each meeting of the Committee. A majority of members of the ACPD constitutes a quorum.