Nevada Special Legislative Session Moved to July

Nevada State Capitol - photo: Brian Bahouth/the Ally

Last week in a press conference, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said he would convene a special session of the Nevada State Legislature before the end of the fiscal year on June 30 to deal with the multi-faceted fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Today, Governor Sisolak issued the following statement in response to a request from legislative leadership to move an upcoming special session to Fiscal Year 2021. 

The Governor’s Office released the following statement: 

Since declaring a State of Emergency and issuing a subsequent Stay-At-Home directive a little over 90 days ago, the Governor and executive branch have been working around-the-clock to gather updated projections and shortfalls in order to craft a budget for Fiscal Year 2021 that addresses the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

While the Governor expressed concern over moving the date into the next fiscal year, he understands the important need of ensuring the safety of members and staff during a special session in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to ensuring the public has a safe way to participate in the process. He plans on using this additional time to evaluate the most up-to-date revenue forecasts with the hope of mitigating the most severe reductions in the FY21 budget proposal, which was sent to LCB earlier this month.  

The Governor’s Office looks forward to announcing a date in early July for the upcoming special session after coordinating with legislative leadership.