If Nevada Bills were Fonts

By Katie Sawicki, @kssawicki

If you’re not aware of the “Comic Sans vs Helvetica Debate”, it’s simply this: both fonts are argued to be overused and tacky within multiple realms of our daily lives; however, there are people who will argue for either font and defend its typographical importance. The caveat is that this debate is only based off of aesthetic opinion.

Yes, this is a real debate.

Though it’s not as important of an issue such as requiring children to be vaccinated before enrolling in school, it is one that does have precedence in each of our lives. Within advertisements, textbooks, newspapers, magazines, restaurant menus, resumes, and any other material that is read throughout the day. We are visual creatures, so if we perceive the design or choice of typography to be less than satisfying, we won’t pay attention to the message. If the material is eye-catching, we’ll make sure to at least read it until we lose interest.

 

            So, what if the 78th Nevada Legislature bills were fonts?

 

 

SB252 Nevada

 

Senate Bill 252 is the proposal to raise the annual business license fee from $200 to $400. Bank Gothic’s all caps and bold appearance is attention grabbing, and could easily be overlooked if not for the size of 252. Such as the bill calls to double the license fee, so does the size of the text to emphasize how big of an impact this will have on small business owners who may fall within the lower revenue brackets.

To know more about SB252, read Ryan Smith’s article.

 

SB169

 

Times New Roman is the most official typography due to its use within all textbooks, written essays and other valid documents. Why the drop shadow? This bill would require all voters to present a “valid ID”; however, the Democratic Party argues that this would discriminate against poor and minority communities that may not have the proper verification. whereas. Republicans argue it will help to fight voter fraud. Therefore, the shadow represents a hidden population underneath the bold validity of “proper identification.”

To know more, see Gabriella Benavidez’s infographic.

 

SB77

 

Code Bold calls for immediate attention just as Senate Bill 77 calls attention to under-performing schools needing to meet a three-year deadline to improve. If the school under scrutiny fails, the schools are subject to either being closed, becoming a charter school, re-staffing and other possibilities.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada is the dead last state in terms of graduation rates with 40 percent of Nevada’s high school seniors failing to graduate on time. This also reflects Nevada’s lowest preschool participation rate with only 30% of children preparing for kindergarten.

Thus, if students fail to meet the bar, not only does this reflect badly on the school but also on the state’s desperate attempt to avoid coming in last place.

For more information, see David Thompson’s explainer video.

 

AB78Marcelle Script is an unusual typeface to use to describe anything but a baseball theme, yet Assembly Bill 78 could greatly affect the sport of hunting in Nevada. When elk were introduced 25 years ago to the Nevada ecosystem, it encouraged hunting and reintroduced the species to the environment. Over the last 10 years, the population has jumped from 7,400 to 17,500. To have better control of the population, the bill proposes to issue a record of 10,946 tags for elk. The initial hunting application is $15, and the applicant must pay an additional $120 specifically for an elk tag.

AB78 is proposing a $5 application fee increase with the intention of raising enough revenue to cover the cost of destruction caused by th elk, as well as protect the wildlife.

Read more of Rayna Charley’s article for more information on this bill.

 

AB148

Finally, we enter into the highly debated campus carry bill. Why Stencil? It has gone through a war of opinions that includes a wide spectrum of soldiers that range in advocating for rights for victims of sexual assault, fearful students and professors, gun enthusiasts and more.

For more information tune in to Conner Board’s & Alex Stewart’s “Guns N’Politics” podcasts or follow Walanya Vonsvirates’ coverage.