Nevada residents are subject to Nevada state and U.S. federal laws. Federal laws apply in Nevada as they do across all 50 states. In addition to the U.S. Constitution, which is the supreme law of the U.S., federal laws include statutes that are periodically codified in the U.S. Code. Federal laws also include decisions by courts that interpret federal laws. Finally, federal laws include regulations issued by federal administrative agencies to implement federal laws. You can explore federal laws and related resources by visiting the federal law section of the Justia site.
The state of Nevada also has its own state laws. Nevada state laws include the Nevada Constitution, laws passed by the Nevada legislature and periodically codified in the Nevada Revised Statutes, and decisions by courts that interpret Nevada laws.
The Nevada Constitution took effect in 1864, when Nevada became a state. It includes 19 articles, although Article XVIII was repealed in 1992. Article XVI provides two ways to amend the Constitution. Under Section 1, an amendment proposed by the legislature can appear on a ballot if it is approved by a majority of each chamber of the legislature, and then approved again after the next general election. Under Section 2, a proposal for a constitutional convention will appear on a ballot if two-thirds of the legislature vote in its favor. Article XIX provides an additional way to amend the Constitution, which involves ballot initiatives. Initiated amendments must be approved in two elections to become part of the Constitution.
The Nevada Revised Statutes contain the laws passed by the Nevada legislature. These laws and the provisions of the Nevada Constitution are often interpreted by the Nevada Supreme Court and the Nevada Court of Appeals. The federal Nevada District Court also issues decisions that may affect Nevada residents. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals holds the authority to review decisions by the Nevada District Court. Sometimes the U.S. Supreme Court may review a case that has been appealed from the Ninth Circuit or from the Nevada Supreme Court.