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Special Session 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons says he has faced a "perfect storm" of crises during his term as governor, and his administration has handled them "remarkably well."


Gov. Jim Gibbons says he has faced a "perfect storm" of crises during his term as governor, and his administration has handled them "remarkably well."

According to Nevada historians, Gov. Jim Gibbons' call for an off-year special session to address the state's budget shortfall was unprecedented.

The governor, in the midst of personal and political crisis, called legislators to Carson City to cut more out of Nevada’s ailing budget.

And after 12 hours, the session ended. An agreement forged by Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley and Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio passed both houses, and was forwarded to the governor, who has indicated he will sign them into law.

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Where Gibbons, Buckley and Raggio stand, as of today

Sun, Jun 22, 2008

Upheaval in the capital last Friday as the state’s Economic Forum crunched some more ugly numbers and the governor decided to delay a special session until this Friday.

Target still vague as special session looms

Fri, Jun 20, 2008

What in the name of Pythagoras is going on? Nevada lawmakers — facing next week’s special session — need to repair the state budget by cutting it. But, as of ...

As troubles mount, Gibbons disengages

Sun, Jun 15, 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons called an emergency budget meeting with elected officials last week, but he and his staff failed to notify key legislators, who learned of it from media reports.

What gets cut?

Sat, Jun 14, 2008

Gov. Jim Gibbons’ call for a special legislative session is unprecedented in the history of the state, according to Nevada historians. This is the first time, historians say, that an ...

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Is the ESA program dead in Nevada?

Mon, Nov 21, 2016

With Democrats back in charge of the Legislature, things don’t look good for some of the state GOP’s key initiatives. Among them: Nevada’s education savings account program, which was championed ...

County Commission to vote on tax hikes for convention center expansion, stadium, more police

Mon, Nov 14, 2016

State lawmakers seemingly sealed the deal for an NFL stadium when they approved legislation last month requiring Clark County to impose room tax increases for that project and the expansion ...

'Blue wave' sweeps Democrats back to control in Nevada Legislature

Wed, Nov 9, 2016

Democrats riding a wave of anti-Donald Trump fervor in Nevada made a forceful comeback to the Legislature on election night, seizing the powerful majority position in ...

Controlling Nevada: Which party runs the state? And for how long?

Mon, Nov 7, 2016

Republicans won both houses of the Nevada Legislature in 2014, marking the first time since 1929 that the governor and legislative leaders all have been Republicans. Now, Democrats are trying ...

How Trump reveals a hole in Nevada’s property tax law

Thu, Nov 3, 2016

The Trump International Hotel, completed in 2008, opened its doors during the first wave of the economic meltdown. At the epicenter of the real estate bubble, Nevada was hit especially ...

18 months in prison for false tax preparer in Nevada, Utah

Tue, Oct 18, 2016

A federal judge in Las Vegas has sentenced a 43-year-old man to 18 months in prison for operating fraudulent tax preparation businesses in Nevada and Utah. U.S. District Judge James ...

It’s done: Lawmakers send stadium funding deal to governor for final OK

Fri, Oct 14, 2016

After all the pomp and circumstance of the week, protracted discussions and the pressure of looming elections, the Nevada Legislature today approved a $1.17 billion tax increase to fund construction ...

Lawmakers send stadium bill to governor for final OK

Fri, Oct 14, 2016

Nevada Assembly members expressed a wide range of emotions — frustration, gratitude, disgust and relief — following the 28-13 passage of a bill approving funding for an NFL-ready stadium in ...

Assembly adjourns without stadium vote after surprise NDOT report tangles talks

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

The Assembly has recessed until 9 a.m. today after an intense, hourlong discussion on a transportation report made public late Thursday night. The report detailed road improvements that would need ...

Headed toward the end zone? Lawmakers resume work on $1.9 billion NFL stadium

Thu, Oct 13, 2016

Despite empty legislative chambers and the special session supposedly on pause, some Nevada lawmakers were working behind the scenes Wednesday to prepare for the work that ...

Public funding for Las Vegas NFL stadium passes first key vote in Legislature

Tue, Oct 11, 2016

A public financing plan for a $1.9 billion NFL stadium in Las Vegas cleared its first legislative hurdle Tuesday night with 16 senators voting for the deal and another five ...

Special session kicks off to consider NFL stadium funding

Mon, Oct 10, 2016

The Senate kicked off Monday evening’s proceedings with a round of public comment where opponents of the stadium expressed frustration that stadium proponents had been given three hours to testify ...

Lawmakers should vote yes on stadium, convention center expansion

Sun, Oct 9, 2016

Las Vegas' 42 million visitors and its competitors for tourism and convention dollars are closely watching how the Legislature will proceed during this week's special session. We hope Nevada’s political ...

Sandoval strips education funding from special session

Thu, Oct 6, 2016

Gov. Brian Sandoval said today he is stripping a proposal to adjust the hotel tax to shore up an anticipated shortfall in public education funding from the upcoming special session ...

Legislature to weigh funding for NFL stadium starting Monday

Wed, Oct 5, 2016

Nevada lawmakers will meet next week to consider raising a hotel tax for an NFL stadium, convention center expansion and more police officers in the Las Vegas area. Gov. Brian ...


Face to Face: Advantage: Gibbons?
Face to Face: Advantage: Gibbons?
Projections from the Economic Forum reinforce Gov. Jim Gibbons' contention the state faces its worst ...
Face to Face: Session Guessing
Face to Face: Session Guessing
Gov. Jim Gibbons (Nevada-R) says the state is facing its worst fiscal crisis ever. But, ...
Face to Face: Utter Fantasy?
Face to Face: Utter Fantasy?
Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley (Clark County-D) says projections of an additional $260 million budget deficit ...
Face to Face: Budget Crisis
Face to Face: Budget Crisis
Can lawmakers ignore the governor's questionable motives for calling them to Carson City and reach ...

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