Issue of the Week

Would you support a nationwide law to ban the sale of assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles?

(275 votes)
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53.61%
(238 votes)
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46.39%
513 votes

The horrific mass murder in Las Vegas has re-opened the national debate on gun control. Those in support of a ban on assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles believe there is no good reason for citizens to own guns capable of mass murder. Those against want freedom to own any type of gun, and feel it's a violation of their 2nd Amendment rights. Would you support a nationwide law to ban the sale of assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles?

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Legislature

Your Ideas for a Better, More Efficient Government

Nassau's libraries should add items for loan outside of books

(508 votes)
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43.94%
(648 votes)
Vote down!
56.06%
1156 votes

Around the country items such as snowshoes, fishing rods and musical instruments can be borrowed from a library. It's a great way to keep libraries an active part of the community. Here is a NY Times article about this topic: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/15/us/these-public-libraries-are-for-snow...

Audit Special Districts

(647 votes)
Vote up!
48.79%
(679 votes)
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51.21%
1326 votes

Kate Murray approved the budget that raised Sanitation District 6 taxes more than 15% in one year alone with no audit or independent accounting. This law would require all special districts to have their proposed budgets audited by an independent company prior to submitting for Town approval.

Transparency

(625 votes)
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45.22%
(757 votes)
Vote down!
54.78%
1382 votes

This suggestion applies to all local governments.

Residents should have access to basic data about their local governments at all times.

Nassau County should publish all budgetary data for all Special Districts, Towns, Villages, School Districts, etc online. The data should not just be raw numbers but should be summarized so it is easy for residents to read.

For example each budget report should show the tax levy over the last 10 year period, and the break down into major categories like salaries, healthcare, pension, reserves used, etc.

Partially Paid Fire Departments to keep better control on costs

(691 votes)
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50.29%
(683 votes)
Vote down!
49.71%
1374 votes

Why is it that school districts have this annual fight for budgets that people can vote for, yet the fire departments can just come in and say what they need without the vote or outside oversight?

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