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The 32nd Special Session of the Nevada Legislature adjourned sine die early Thursday, August 6, after lawmakers spent a week passing several resolutions and pieces of legislation addressing policy issues.

A man holds a sign that says, "Blue Lives Matter."
David Calvert / Nevada Independent

Lawmakers in Nevada are rolling back protections granted to law enforcement officers under investigation. The protections were just put into place last year. Law enforcement agencies and progressive groups both denounced the bill. 

A sign on the ground that says, "Ban Chokeholds," covered in spotted shade from a tree.
Ty C. O’Neil / This Is Reno / Nevada News

Black Lives Matter protests have erupted across the country, and in Nevada, and with them, demands for police reform. In response, lawmakers in Nevada have approved a bill meant to change how law enforcement officers in the state handle arrests, but activists say there’s more to be done.

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For updates on the 32nd Special Session of the Nevada Legislature, visit our live blog.

Governor Steve Sisolak has called for the 32nd Special Session of the Nevada Legislature to begin on Friday, July 31 at 9 a.m.   

Two rows of long, curved tables with people in professional attire, wearing masks, sitting in front of them. The point of view is from above and to the side.
David Calvert / Nevada Independent

Lawmakers in Nevada ended their special session to address the state's massive budget shortfall over the weekend, passing just five bills in 12 days. To help us break down that legislation, and what it means for the state, we turn now to KUNR's Paul Boger and Lucia Starbuck, who covered the session in its entirety.

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3:19 p.m. | July 20, 2020

Lawmakers Approve Hundreds Of Millions In Cuts To Address Massive Budget Hole
By Paul Boger

After 12 days of budget presentations, partisan debate, and emotional pleas from residents, lawmakers in Nevada finally ended the 31st Special Session late Sunday evening.

As part of their final act, lawmakers approved a massive budget bill known as AB3. The omnibus bill formally reduces the state budget of nearly every state agency.

Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro at the Legislature on the twelfth day of the 31st Special Session in Carson City on Sunday, July 19, 2020.
David Calvert/Nevada Independent

Lawmakers in Nevada have officially slashed hundreds of millions of dollars from the state budget, closing a massive budget shortfall. KUNR’s Paul Boger has been reporting from the legislature and has this story.

Personas se manifiestan contra los recortes presupuestarios.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Desde una protesta sindical de maestros afuera del Edificio Legislativo de Nevada hasta una larga lista de defensores haciendo comentarios públicos vía telefónica, la frustración ante cientos de millones de dólares en recortes a la educación ha sido un tema relevante en la sesión legislativa especial que empezó el ocho de julio.

Los legisladores durante la Sesión Especial de la Legislatura de Nevada en Carson City, Nevada.
Trevor Bexon / The Nevada Independent

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Nevada gasta cerca de un tercio de su presupuesto general en programas de salud pública como Medicaid y servicios de salud mental. Pero, para afrontar el enorme déficit presupuestario creado por la lucha contra la pandemia COVID-19, los legisladores deben eliminar cerca de doscientos treinta y tres [233] millones de dólares de los servicios utilizados para la salud pública.

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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the formal proclamation to call the Nevada Legislature into a special session beginning on Wednesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. to address the historic budget shortfall. This is the 31st Special Session in Nevada’s history.

A mother sits with her three toddler sons, posing for a photo.
Jennifer Cantley

Nevada spends about one-third of its general fund on public health programs like Medicaid and mental health services. But, in order to address a massive budget shortfall created by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawmakers must cut around $233 million from public health services.

People hold signs protesting proposed cuts to education funding outside the Nevada Legislature on July 8, 2020.
David Calvert / The Nevada Independent

Lawmakers in Nevada are set to cut more than a billion dollars from the state’s general fund in order to cover a budget shortfall created by the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, proposed cuts to the state’s public education system are causing some consternation.

Video Stream: Nevada 31st Special Session

Jul 8, 2020
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Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak issued the formal proclamation to call the Nevada Legislature into a special session beginning on Wednesday, July 8 at 9 a.m. to address the historic budget shortfall. This is the 31st Special Session in Nevada’s history.

Alexa Ard

The Nevada State Assembly is currently in session, considering a plan for a new NFL stadium in Las Vegas that would use $750 million worth of public funds.

Steve Hill is the chairman of the Southern Nevada Tourism and Infrastructure Committee. He says the stadium project is estimated to cost $1.9 billion and if that number runs higher, the developers will be on the hook for the additional cost.

Assemblyman Ira Hansen, who represents Northern Nevada’s Assembly District 32, questions Hill about what happens if the project comes in at a lower cost.