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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 ...

All stories

Gaming on Nevada’s legislative radar, even if not the focus

Mon, May 18, 2015

Nevada’s casino industry hasn’t been the main focus this year in the Legislature, but it is an important part of the action in Carson City. Casino executives have been ...

Are public pensions too generous?

Mon, May 18, 2015

In the view of many, Nevada’s pension system for public employees is in relatively good health, with a sound plan to pay off its $12.5 billion unfunded liability while still ...

Nevada Senate passes police camera bill

Sun, May 17, 2015

By unanimous vote, the Senate passed a bill Sunday permitting law enforcement agencies to require their uniformed officers to wear a camera in encounters with the public.

Lawmakers want new rooftop solar fees, don’t lift cap

Sat, May 16, 2015

Senators dealt a crushing blow to the rooftop solar industry Saturday, passing an amendment that would do little to address a cap limiting industry growth. At the same time, it ...

Nevada Senate approves major bill extending ‘sunset taxes’

Fri, May 15, 2015

The Nevada Senate has passed a proposal worth more than $600 million that would make several expiring taxes permanent and raise the cigarette tax. The Senate voted 18-3 on Friday ...

Assembly committee OKs bill clearing way to dissolve city of Ely

Fri, May 15, 2015

A Nevada Assembly committee has approved a measure that would let voters within the tiny city of Ely decide whether to dissolve their city. The Assembly Government Affairs Committee voted ...

Nevada Senate panel OKs ban on sexual conversion therapy for youth

Fri, May 15, 2015

A Nevada Senate panel has approved a bill that would ban therapies aimed at turning gay young people straight. The Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee voted on Friday to ...

Governor reveals updated tax plan; includes Assembly idea

Thu, May 14, 2015

Gov. Brian Sandoval released an updated tax proposal Thursday that he said improves upon a plan he introduced earlier in the session and incorporates ideas from ...

Harry Reid: Raise the cap to allow more rooftop solar

Thu, May 14, 2015

The cap limiting how many homeowners in Nevada can provide solar power to the energy grid is “way too low,” said U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic minority leader. Reid’s ...

Committees OK more workers to reduce lines at DMV offices

Wed, May 13, 2015

Nearly 60 new workers would be hired by the state Department of Motor Vehicles to alleviate long lines and wait times under a plan approved today. “We need to get ...

Governor signs bill easing rules for immigrant teachers

Wed, May 13, 2015

Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a bill that would make it easier for immigrants with temporary legal status to get a Nevada teaching license. The Republican governor signed AB27 on ...

Unions worry about proposed Nevada picketing law

Wed, May 13, 2015

Nevada unions are lining up to oppose a proposed law that would make it more difficult to picket and protest businesses. Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore presented AB 356 to the ...

PUC legal brief opposes Switch’s plan to leave NV Energy

Wed, May 13, 2015

n an opinion expected to be widely disputed by both consumer groups and advocates of competitive energy marketplaces, the Nevada Public Utilities Commission's legal staff has ruled that a major ...

Senators approve proposal to dump Nevada’s caucus system

Tue, May 12, 2015

Nevada senators have approved a bill that would dump Nevada's caucus system and replace it with a primary to choose presidential nominees. Senators voted 11-9 on Tuesday to approve SB421. ...

Panel approves Sandoval-backed anti-bullying bill

Tue, May 12, 2015

A Nevada Assembly panel has approved a comprehensive anti-bullying measure backed by Gov. Brian Sandoval. Lawmakers on the Assembly Ways and Means Committee voted 13-2 to approve SB504 on Tuesday, ...


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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