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Beyond the political maneuvering, a special legislative session for Tesla means lots of preparation


Scott Sonner / AP

Security guards stop a car Friday Aug. 1, 2014, at the gate to the site Tahoe Reno Industrial Center about 15 miles east of Reno, where Tesla Motors has broken ground as one of the possible places to build a $5 billion “gigafactory” to make lithium batteries for its electric cars.

CARSON CITY – The state legislative building is ready for a special session to consider tax breaks for building a Tesla battery plant in Northern Nevada — but the director hopes it’s later, rather than earlier, next week.

Rick Combs, director of the Legislative Counsel, said he “would do everything possible to make it ready.” He said he has not received any word yet on when the session may be.

Gov. Brian Sandoval and Tesla officials are set to hold a news conference at four p.m. this afternoon to make the official announcement.

Combs said a special session would cost $25,000 to $40,000 for one day and then an additional $15,000-$20,000 for each additional day.

If it's only a limited session, hiring a full-scale staff, like secretaries for each legislator, won't be necessary, Combs said. As it is, there's enough security staff available but the front desk of the Assembly and the Senate may need some extra help.

These are the employees that process the bills.

Legislators will receive $146.29 in pay a day while they are in session. And they'll get $149 in per diem, plus the cost of their travel to and from Carson City.

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