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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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Cost of legislative session estimated at $18 million

Mon, Dec 22, 2014

The first bill to be presented and approved by the 2015 Legislature calls for $18 million to pay for the 120-day session. Senate Bill 1 will cover ...

Explaining the More Cops tax: Where it’s been, where it’s going

Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Over the past year, a proposal to raise Clark County’s sales tax rate to pay for more Metro Police officers has taken on so many incarnations, it’s easy to get ...

Michele Fiore removed from Assembly leadership positions

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Embattled Assemblywoman Michele Fiore has been ousted from her two positions in the legislative hierarchy. Assembly Speaker Designate John Hambrick announced ...

Congressional session is finally over: So what was in it for Nevada?

Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Tax breaks and lands bills got the OK and Yucca Mountain got another stiff-arm during the lame-duck session of Congress, but Nevada lawmakers didn't get everything ...

High court dismisses case against state Sen. Denis

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

The Nevada Supreme Court has dismissed a suit filed against past Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, accused of violating the Constitution by ...

Battle lines: Why unions are preparing for assault in Legislature

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Public employee unions are gearing up for a battle against Republicans in the 2015 legislative session. Conservative lawmakers and activists are rallying to upend some of the state’s collective bargaining ...

Commissioners pick Glenn Trowbridge for vacant Assembly seat

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

The Clark County Commission today chose Republican Glenn Trowbridge to fill a vacant seat in the state Assembly representing the northwest valley. Trowbridge will replace ...

Fiore: Tax problems stem from ex-husband, theft by rogue employee

Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Assembly Majority Leader designate Michele Fiore said today that her problems with the Internal Revenue Service stemmed from actions by her former accountant, who was her husband at the time, ...

Nevada legislator Fiore says she’ll discuss her tax troubles

Mon, Dec 15, 2014

After nearly two weeks of silence, Assemblywoman Michele Fiore has indicated she will speak about reports that she owes more than $1 million to the ...

Fiore retains leadership position amid more turmoil among Assembly Republicans

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

After a news report Wednesday said Assembly Majority Leader Michele Fiore had been removed as chairwoman of the chamber's taxation committee, Fiore issued an email today saying she had retained ...

Who’s in charge? Assembly GOP leadership facing more turmoil

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Amid reports that Assembly Majority Leader Michele Fiore has been ousted as chair of the chamber's taxation committee, it appears the power structure in the Assembly GOP Caucus could be ...

Metro Chamber says it’s OK with some tax hikes; unveils reform plan

Tue, Dec 9, 2014

In hopes of bringing order to the Nevada Legislature's chaotic budgeting process, the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce released a tax reform report that would ...

Nevada expects to be $162 million short of budget by July

Mon, Dec 8, 2014

Gov. Brian Sandoval is again calling for changes to Nevada's tax system after receiving more bad news about the state budget. Members of the Interim Finance Committee heard Monday that ...

Republicans tab Hambrick as speaker, Fiore as majority leader

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

After more than two hours of deliberation, the 25-member Republican Assembly caucus elected Assemblyman John Hambrick as its new speaker. In the No. 2 spot is Assemblywoman Michele Fiore as ...

Former Gaming Control chairman appointed to state Senate

Tue, Dec 2, 2014

The Clark County Commission voted unanimously today to appoint former Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman Mark Lipparelli to the vacant state Senate seat representing ...


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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