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Why The Legislature Needed A Special Session
Why The Legislature Needed A Special Session

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AIR DATE: June 5, 2013

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Jon Ralston, Host, Ralston Reports

BY MARIE ANDRUSEWICZ -- It hasn’t happened since 2007. Pundit Jon Ralston says it’s “embarrassing to watch.”

The Nevada Legislature missed its deadline, forcing a mini special session to wrap up leftover state business. Some critics point to the lack of experience of the current class of lawmakers as the cause for the extension. Whatever the reason, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the additional time spent in session will cost taxpayers around $25,000.

The legislature had already covered guns, education and other major issues. “There was nothing left except some special interest legislation,” says Jon Ralston.

Specifically they worked to pass an increase in taxes to hire new cops, legislation that Ralston says had bipartisan support – so it was especially bewildering that they weren’t able to cross that item off the agenda.

“You just had leaders who did not plan,” says Ralston. “They didn’t plan very well.”

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    I watched many committee meetings. Talk about poor planning... very little was done in the 1st 100 days. Lots of short committee meetings. Lots of floor sessions where nothing was voted on. Watching the Senate Floor on the last day was ridiculous - MANY of those bills should have been voted on WEEKS prior. It's not due to inexperience - it's a game that is played every Session. I'll give you this if you give me that. They should have spent less time the last week honoring each other.
    ElizabethJun 5, 2013 14:53:16 PM
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