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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

Metro Police investigating extortion attempt targeting GOP assemblyman

Sat, Jan 31, 2015

Metro Police's criminal intelligence section said in a statement Saturday that Assemblyman Chris Edwards of Las Vegas was the alleged victim ...

Nude photo bill among many ready for legislators to review right out of gate

Sat, Jan 31, 2015

Curbing Internet pornography, allowing guns on school campuses and raising the tax on sheep are but three of than 190 bills ready for introduction on the opening day of ...

Petition drive to get stadium funding initiative on ballot falls short

Fri, Jan 30, 2015

An initiative to put the issue of public funding for a $200 million downtown soccer stadium on the June ballot failed to get enough signatures to ...

Bill would ban guns for people convicted of domestic abuse

Fri, Jan 30, 2015

Nevada state Sen. Debbie Smith said she'll introduce a bill this legislative session to keep guns away from people convicted of domestic violence, but it likely faces an uphill battle ...

Sandoval unsure if he can override Laxalt’s decision on immigration lawsuit

Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Gov. Brian Sandoval said he doesn't think he legally can override the state's challenge to an order that would spare more people from deportation, but he plans to ...

Union says it won’t stand by as GOP attacks collective bargaining

Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Republicans are attacking working families with their proposals to upend collective bargaining in Nevada, Danny Thompson, executive vice treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO, said at a press conference this morning. ...

Activists take first steps to recall Assembly Republicans

Tue, Jan 27, 2015

A conservative activist and anti-tax firebrand has helped organize three political action committees with the goal of recalling Nevada Assembly Republicans that he says haven't come out strongly enough against ...

Petition deadline moved up for opponents of publicly funding stadium

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Opponents of a publicly funded downtown soccer stadium have one less day to gather the 8,000-plus signatures they’ll need to put the issue on the ballot. The Las Vegas city ...

Nevada officials detail solutions for $162 million budget shortfall

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

It might not please legislators, but Nevada budget officials said Thursday they have an answer for the state's $162 million budget deficit. After announcing ...

Lieutenant governor: Don’t ban Gaels — beat them

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison spends part of his time as a volunteer coach for the Palo Verde High football team. His son is the varsity quarterback but doesn’t get to ...

Sandoval: Despite improved economy, more poor people in Nevada

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Gov. Brian Sandoval says the economy is getting better but his budget predicts there will be more poor people needing state help to cover medical bills, get food for their ...

Lew slams door on efforts to lower top individual tax rate

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by individuals, saying Wednesday that Democrats and Republicans ...

GOP lawmakers attack Sandoval budget at Reno event

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Two Nevada Republican lawmakers say they have nearly enough votes to block Gov. Brian Sandoval's proposed budget over concerns about tax increases they say will ...

New details emerge about governor’s tax proposal

Tue, Jan 20, 2015

Gov. Brian Sandoval is putting the finishing touches on his estimated $570 million tax-increase package that would hit cigarette smokers, slot route operators and ...

Sandoval’s give-and-take: More money for schools, but collective bargaining needs to go

Sat, Jan 17, 2015

For Nevada's schoolteachers, the good news in Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of the State address was his pledge to raise more money for Nevada schools.

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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