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Lawmakers Approve Deep Cuts On Final Day Of Special Session

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Associated Press

Assemblywoman Sara Peters adjusts her mask during the legislative special session.

Lawmakers wrapped up the 31st special session of the state legislature last night.

All together, the session lasted 12 days, which included a positive COVID-19 test, partisan sparring over mining taxes and deep cuts to social services.

The legislature had to make up $1.2 billion in funding shortfalls caused by the pandemic and the economic lockdown it caused.

Medicaid, educational programs like Read by Grade 3 and the Nevada System of Higher Education have all seen reductions.

Also, Gov. Steve Sisolak postponed an anticipated second special session due to the surge in new cases.

In a statement, he said issues such as police reform and workplace protections against the pandemic are still urgent, but he has reservations about asking lawmakers to meet while infection rates are still climbing.

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