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WATCH LIVE: Nevada Legislature Special Session On Budget Shortfall Underway

Gov. Steve Sisolak signing special session proclamation.
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Gov. Steve Sisolak signing special session proclamation.

Few places have been hit as hard as Nevada by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic fallout. 

Tuesday evening, Gov. Steve Sisolak made the formal proclamation to call the Nevada Legislature into special session.

The session started at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.



State lawmakers will deliberate the governor's proposal to plug the state's projected $1.2 billion tax revenue shortfall amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“I am eager to work with our Nevada lawmakers on this difficult undertaking, and finalize the necessary reductions while prioritizing resources to protect Nevada’s residents as much as possible,” said Gov. Steve Sisolak. “I understand that the COVID-19 public health crisis has put us in the position to make very painful decisions on the State budget, but I am confident we will be able to overcome this challenge together and forge a new path forward.” 

The Legislative Building will be closed to the public during the special legislative session.

But anti-tax crusaders and beneficiaries of state spending are already converging on Carson City preparing to defend their interests with cuts and tax increases on the table.

After the budget issues have been addressed, the governor is also expected to sign another proclamation asking the Legislature to address policy items that also "rise to the extraordinary occasion of a special session," his office said in a statement. 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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Bert is a reporter and producer based in Reno, where he covers the state legislature and stories that resonate across Nevada. He began his career in journalism after studying abroad during the summer of 2011 in Egypt, during the Arab Spring. Before he joined Nevada Public Radio and Capital Public Radio, Bert was a contributor at KQED and the Sacramento News & Review. He was also a photographer, video editor and digital producer at the East Bay Express.
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