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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 ...

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Party lines blur on deducting state and city taxes

Fri, Apr 28, 2017

To some, it is a tax on blue-state liberalism. To others, President Donald Trump’s plan to end the federal deduction for state and local taxes would eliminate a costly perk ...

Feds grant Nevada $5.6 million to combat opioid crisis

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Nevada is receiving $5.6 million from the federal government to combat an opioid crisis largely stemming from addiction to prescription painkillers. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen Sandoval, ...

Assembly passes notable criminal justice measures on deadline day

Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Certain marijuana convictions could be vacated under one of several criminal justice measures that have survived a deadline Tuesday in the Legislature ...

Bill on pot apprentices among measures surviving deadline

Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Lawmakers amended or voted on bills Monday ahead of today’s action deadline, with measures on marijuana apprenticeships and voting centers passing along party lines. The ...

Trump is seeking a 15 percent tax rate for businesses

Tue, Apr 25, 2017

President Donald Trump has instructed his advisers to make cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent a centerpiece of his tax-cut blueprint to be ...

Lawmakers advance daycare tax credit for some Nevada businesses

Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Nevada lawmakers advanced a bill Monday to give medium- and low-paying businesses a break on payroll taxes if they help employees pay for child care ...

The local ripple: How Trump's spartan budget could hit Nevada communities

Mon, Apr 24, 2017

With the Trump administration proposing to cut community grants for programs such as Meals on Wheels, officials in sparsely populated Lyon County are concerned about ...

Nevada lawmakers race to vote on measures ahead of deadline

Mon, Apr 24, 2017

The full Senate and Assembly will take up measures likely ranging from plugging certain domestic water wells to lowering the age at which children are required to attend school ...

Long days ahead for Nevada lawmakers as newest deadline nears

Sat, Apr 22, 2017

Lawmakers have until Tuesday to get their bills past their first floor votes, a deadline that will keep the Legislature open long after dark next week ...

'People are asking for this': Lawmaker hails broad support for light-rail bill

Wed, Apr 19, 2017

Light rail in Las Vegas is getting closer to reality as lawmakers consider a bill that would let communities pursue funding options for these types of ...

State Senate OKs paid sick leave for private sector

Tue, Apr 18, 2017

Nevada state senators are advancing a measure that would require many private businesses to provide full-time workers with at least three paid sick days per year. The proposal would apply ...

Nevada Legislature considers police body cams, gay marriage

Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Lawmakers feel the Nevada Legislature taking full swing this week as they plan for dozens of crucial floor votes and iron out policy proposals ...

Nevada Democrats get behind time limits to test rape kits

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Nevada Democrats got behind a plan on Friday to impose time limits on police departments as well as crime labs to test rape kits, but a mid-session deadline is ...

A Raiders specialty license plate might become available in Nevada

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

With the Raiders set to call Las Vegas home by 2020, fans might be able to represent Nevada’s second major league team while they drive their vehicles. ...

Deadline day: Net metering, ESA bills still alive; gun and abortion bills appear stalled

Fri, Apr 14, 2017

Lawmakers are about to hit a deadline for legislation to pass committee today, and several bills are unlikely to make the cut ...


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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