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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."

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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

State’s Democratic leadership vows to put Nevadans first

Tue, Jan 17, 2017

As the leaders of the state Assembly and Senate, we look forward to a productive session that will focus on an agenda that is pro-jobs, pro-family and pro-education, while also ...

Q+A: Legislator aims to reduce suicides, boost employment among Nevada veterans

Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Chris Edwards was a Navy commander before he became a member of the Nevada Assembly, and he’s become a leading voice on veterans issues in the Legislature since being elected ...

Sandoval prepares State of the State address; Legislature gearing up for 700 bills

Tue, Jan 3, 2017

A month ahead of the Nevada Legislature's first day back in session, lawmakers are preparing for Nevada's political season ...

Some answers to your questions on recreational marijuana in Nevada

Tue, Jan 3, 2017

Starting Sunday, adults could buy up to 1 ounce of marijuana flower or up to one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana concentrates — like shatter, wax and carbon dioxide oil ...

Gaming lobbyists happy with new IRS rules for slot winnings

Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Gaming lobbyists claimed a ‘big win’ Thursday after the IRS released new rules about how slot winnings should be reported. “Today’s final IRS regulation is a big win not only ...

Act now to manage the tax bill that will be due next year

Mon, Dec 12, 2016

As the end of the year approaches, it's time to think about taxes. The tax season may seem far off, but this is the time of year to make some ...

Experts forecast state budget increase

Sun, Dec 11, 2016

Economic experts say the state will have another $541.3 million to spend in the next budget compared to 2015 ...

Commissioners make appointment for Kihuen’s vacant state Senate seat

Tue, Dec 6, 2016

Yvanna Cancela fought for laborers as the Culinary Union’s former political director. Now, she’ll be fighting for her constituents as the first Latina to serve in the state Senate. The ...

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 ...

Videos

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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