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October 17, 2017

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12 hours later and it’s over

The budget-cutting special session of the Legislature ended tonight at 10:22, 12 hours after it began.

The agreement forged by Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley and Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio passed both houses, and was delivered to the governor who indicated he will sign them into law.

The Legislative Counsel Bureau will have the bills ready for the governor to sign on Monday.

Governor Jim Gibbons said he was disappointed some things he advocated for didn't get taken up - he mentioned the spending cap, and looking at the tobacco settlement securitization - but said the process worked.

"It wasn't part of the process, but the process was what it needed to be."

Gibbons said it didn't make sense for him to veto any of the bills. And in the press gable, he promised over and over not to raise taxes.

He had been in the legislative building this morning, meeting with Raggio, but didn't show up again in there.

He said he didn't need to, after getting briefed about the agreement.

Read more in Sunday's paper.

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