Lawmakers Pass Many Bills In Final Hours
(Carson City, NV) — The 2013 Legislature ended its regular session by passing a number of key bills in one day, including five measures to fund the state budget for the next two years.
Lawmakers approved a $6.6 billion spending plan that includes more money for public education, a new funding system for colleges and universities, and additional resources for mental health and autism. Tax increases set to expire next month have been extended.
Other key bills expected to be signed by Governor Brian Sandoval include a measure allowing cash-strapped North Las Vegas to tap into a sewer fund for police and fire protection, and a measure requiring NV Energy to phase out coal-powered plants by the end of the decade.
Legislators also approved bills including one allowing Clark County to raise gas taxes for new road projects, and a pilot program of tax breaks for producers to film in Nevada.
Two controversial measures have made it through the finish line by the midnight deadline, but both face uncertain futures. The Assembly passed bills requiring background checks for private gun sales, and a plan to set up medical marijuana dispensaries across the state.
Governor Brian Sandoval has threatened to veto the gun bill, but has not decided on whether to support the dispensary measure.