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Nevada Lawmakers Kick Off Legislative Session Amid Pandemic

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are stressing bipartisanship in the opening days of the legislative session ahead of what are expected to be tense policy discussions about pandemic restrictions, taxes and budget cuts.

Lawmakers kicked off their four-month legislative session on Monday with swearing-in ceremonies scaled back to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The legislative building is normally crowded with staff, lobbyists and lawmakers' families for opening day festivities, but was relatively empty due to virus-related restrictions.

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Unlike the special sessions held last summer, the Legislature is offering those permitted in the building rapid tests, hoping to prevent an outbreak that could slow proceedings.