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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 ...

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20 years of term limits: How the faces of Nevada’s Legislature have changed

Thu, Jul 20, 2017

Term limits have helped make the Nevada Legislature more diverse in the almost 20 years since they were implemented, though the higher turnover has come with some costs. Experts say ...

State senator resigns after sex harassment review concludes

Wed, Jul 19, 2017

A Democratic state senator from Nevada accused of sexually harassing women resigned Tuesday, less than a week after a law firm probing the allegations concluded that he violated the Legislature's ...

Mayweather has history of tax troubles; $7 million from 2010 unresolved

Wed, Jul 12, 2017

The IRS still has Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the hook for $7.2 million in taxes from 2010, according to records that show a lien as unresolved for the year he ...

Mr. Sessions, here's why Las Vegas doesn't support you on immigration

Wed, Jul 12, 2017

Welcome to America’s future, Jeff Sessions, or at least the one that will happen if you and your boss don’t wreck it. Your visit to Southern Nevada comes on the ...

First days of recreational marijuana sales generate about $500,000 in taxes

Wed, Jul 5, 2017

The first four days of legal recreational marijuana sales generated $3 million in sales revenue and about $500,000 in tax revenue, putting Nevada on pace to achieve an estimated $30 ...

Dues, legislation drive teachers union skirmish

Wed, Jul 5, 2017

Differences over money and policy are putting the teachers’ union for Nevada’s biggest school district at odds with its state and national affiliate. ...

Expanded ‘Move Over’ law goes into effect on Saturday

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Motorists will be required to move over for more than just emergency vehicles starting Saturday. The amended “Move Over” law mandates that motorists slow down, proceed with caution and move ...

Southern Nevada officials can ‘get aggressive’ to research, fund proposed light rail

Tue, Jun 27, 2017

A series of bills approved by the Nevada Legislature allows the Regional Transportation Commission to more vigorously pursue long-term mass transit solutions to the ...

AP Analysis: Nevada's court-drawn districts may favor Dems

Mon, Jun 26, 2017

Despite court approval of political district boundaries in Nevada, Democrats may have managed to get a leg up in the politically divided state's most recent ...

New Nevada laws push toward gender equality

Sun, Jun 25, 2017

In a Legislature in which the ratio of women to men was among the country’s highest, gender equality issues from tampon taxes to equal pay were advanced. ...

Seniors benefit from long-standing state Capitol basketball tradition

Sat, Jun 24, 2017

In the year since 75-year-old Barbara Barton moved to Nevada to recover from a stroke and live with her daughter, she’s learned to walk and talk all over again with ...

Nevada’s clean energy advocates hope to build momentum in D.C.

Fri, Jun 23, 2017

After several bills promoting clean energy were signed into law by Gov. Brian Sandoval after the 2017 Nevada Legislature, advocates are calling for state leaders to ...

Nevada takes measured steps forward on criminal justice reform

Wed, Jun 21, 2017

The state is moving forward with what one lawmaker called a more holistic approach to criminal justice, but has held off on shortening certain sentences. ...

Sandoval’s 2017 veto count second-highest in Nevada history

Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed 41 bills this year, a number topped only by the 48 issued by Gov. Jim Gibbons in 2009.

Sandoval vetoes bill to open 'Medicaid for all'

Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Gov. Brian Sandoval is nixing a Democratic bill to become the first state to further expand Medicaid by opening the government-subsidized health care program to ...

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
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