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April 18, 2014

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Gibbons to sign order for special session

Gov. Jim Gibbons will sign the executive order for the special session on Sunday, according to Josh Hicks, the governor's general counsel and deputy chief of staff.

"Gov. Guinn called it that day in past special sessions," Hicks said. "A lot of it is just to make sure we have as much time as possible to get the agenda the way we want it."

The governor's signing of the order on Sunday will give legislators more time to raise campaign money for this fall's elections. Once the executive order is signed for the special session, which begins Monday, they cannot raise money until 15 days after the session ends.

It also keeps Gibbons' political foes -- not to mention the media -- in the dark about precisely what will be on the agenda. Gibbons called for the special session Friday.

Hicks said the agenda is still in the works. There will be recommendations for what cost-cutting measures the Legislature can consider, including delaying cost of living pay increases for state employees and general budget reductions.

"We're trying not to limit the Legislature's options," Hicks said. "The overall topic is going to be addressing the revenue shortfall."

Gibbons will make a televised address to the public on Sunday.

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