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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.

Archive highlights

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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Pay freeze: What became of the push to raise Nevada’s minimum wage

Wed, Mar 9, 2016

Amid the fervor of caucus season in Nevada, a ballot initiative to raise the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2024 was quietly withdrawn. The reason, according to proponents, ...

Judge orders $75,000 bond to keep school choice program on hold

Fri, Mar 4, 2016

A judge has ordered opponents of Nevada's new Education Savings Account program to post a $75,000 bond to cover the costs of putting the program on hold if ...

Faraday Future gets patent for key electric car part

Thu, Mar 3, 2016

Faraday Future has earned its first U.S. patent for an electric vehicle power inverter that improves upon the architecture of traditional designs, the automaker announced in a blog post today. ...

Nevada Senate Democrats announce leadership changes

Wed, Mar 2, 2016

State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson will take over as assistant minority leader in the Senate, after longtime Sen. Debbie Smith died last month, the Nevada Senate Democratic caucus announced today. Atkinson, ...

Why Nevada legislators are mostly staying out of the fray on solar energy

Fri, Feb 5, 2016

Despite lobbying by rooftop solar companies to restore lower rates for their customers, Nevada legislators appear reluctant to step in. Why? Because while several agree that existing customers should get ...

Opponents of Nevada tax increase forging ahead in repeal effort

Fri, Jan 29, 2016

A contingent of Nevada conservatives remains undeterred in their efforts to repeal a portion of Gov. Brian Sandoval’s $1.5 billion omnibus tax plan passed during the last legislative session, even ...

Lawyer announces bid for state Senate seat in Washoe County

Mon, Jan 25, 2016

Lawyer Devon Reese will run as the Democratic candidate for state Senate District 15 in Washoe County against former Republican Assemblywoman Heidi Gansert. Reese announced ...

Tax incentives of $215.9 million approved for electric car company Faraday Future

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

The Governor’s Board of Economic Development today approved giving $215.9 million in tax incentives for electric car company Faraday Future, which plans to ...

Families in limbo after court puts education savings account program on hold

Fri, Jan 22, 2016

Daysi Lara was just waiting for Monday. She had already spent $550 on uniforms and school supplies for her 10-year-old son Dayson and 9-year-old daughter Dayanara. All that was left ...

Las Vegas educator rallying to give teachers louder voice in policy discusssions

Mon, Jan 4, 2016

In any given week in Nevada you can find a horde of politicians, school district administrators and state officials gathered in board rooms with the aim of tackling the state’s ...

Nevada gaming revenue up 7.8 percent in November

Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Nevada gaming revenue increased 7.8 percent in November, led by a particularly strong month for casinos in Clark County, the state reported today. The Gaming Control Board said ...

Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison sues to speed school choice ruling

Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Nevada Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of parents stuck in limbo over the state's embattled new Education Savings Account program, although the state treasurer, ...

State can’t do Uber background check study lawmakers wanted

Mon, Dec 21, 2015

State officials said they're unable to conduct the complete study on background checks that some lawmakers wanted as a condition of voting for ride-hailing in Nevada. The Nevada Transportation Authority ...

Bills cementing Faraday deal cross first legislative hurdles

Fri, Dec 18, 2015

Measures solidifying Nevada’s $335 million deal to attract California-based electric carmaker Faraday Future crossed significant hurdles in the Legislature on Friday, with ...

Water issue likely on tap Friday at special session

Thu, Dec 17, 2015

The Nevada Legislature is back in session today. After a slow, long evening Wednesday, one bill was introduced today into the Assembly and another into the Senate. The Senate will ...


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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