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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 ...

All stories

School bond rollover, prevailing wage bill passes committee

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

A Nevada Assembly committee on Tuesday passed a bill that would extend school construction bonds and suspend prevailing wage requirements for ...

Backlash over ‘hot little girls’ remark follows Fiore — even into the bathroom

Tue, Mar 3, 2015

Michele Fiore is having trouble finding privacy. Her recent comments to The New York Times about “young, hot little girls” shooting rapists on college campuses spread all the way to ...

Nevada Republicans pushing equal pay proposal

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

A Republican-backed bill seeking to reduce Nevada's wage gap between men and women received conditional support from women's groups and Democrats ...

Protesters rally against proposed state takeover of federal land

Mon, Mar 2, 2015

Protesters gathered outside the Nevada Legislature today to preemptively rebuke a Republican-backed resolution calling for the federal government to transfer public lands to the state. Detractors say a state land ...

Rep. Dina Titus renews push to repeal sports wagering tax

Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Seeking to save as much as $11 million in taxes paid by some Nevada companies each year, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus today reintroduced legislation that would roll back a federal ...

Las Vegas assemblyman arrested on suspicion of DUI, possessing gun

Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Nevada Assemblyman Richard Carrillo was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after being found asleep in his car with ...

Death on the streets: Lawmakers target hit-and-run drivers among bills to boost safety

Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Hoping to tackle a recent increase in traffic fatalities, Las Vegas legislators are introducing a group of bills that would increase penalties for hit-and-run drivers by ...

Bill would regulate ‘roll your own’ cigarette machines

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Nevada lawmakers will hear the first details of a bill that would require the owners of manual cigarette machines obtain business licenses from the state. AB83 would require owners of ...

Construction workers rally against eliminating prevailing wage

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Nevada construction workers stormed the Legislature today to oppose a bill that would remove the requirement to pay the prevailing wage for some state building jobs, arguing that ...

Nevada taxable sales up 10.2 percent in December

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Taxable sales in December were strong in Nevada, up 10.2 percent compared to the same month in 2013. The state Department of Taxation reported ...

Companies, individuals make $1.7 billion from Nevada no-bid contracts

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

On 2,305 occasions in the past four years, Nevada skipped its usual competitive bidding process when awarding state contracts to private companies for ...

With GOP in control, immigration measures getting traction in Nevada Legislature

Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Illegal immigration bills that were considered dead on arrival when Democrats controlled the Nevada Legislature are now getting life, a result of the Republican ...

Bill to keep guns from abusers criticized for other elements

Wed, Feb 25, 2015

A wide-ranging Nevada bill discussed Wednesday would bar people from owning a gun after a domestic violence conviction. But it also drew strident criticism for broadening the definition of justifiable ...

Committee rejects bill to restructure public employee retirement board

Wed, Feb 25, 2015

The Assembly Government Affairs Committee today rejected a bill to change the governing board of the state Public Employees’ Retirement System. The bill was strongly opposed by ...

Bill would make physical education mandatory in Nevada

Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Physical education could be mandatory for students in kindergarten through 11th grade if a bill passes the Nevada Legislature. Members of the Senate Education Committee are meeting Tuesday to review ...


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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