27 March 2023
After suspending an initial deadline for bill introductions last week, Nevada lawmakers are pressing forward with plans to introduce all remaining bills by the end of the day Monday, March 27 — the deadline written into legislative rules for almost all bill introductions.
Meeting that deadline means lawmakers will likely introduce more than 200 bills across multiple Assembly and Senate floor sessions throughout the day. Those sessions could finish as early as 6 p.m. or as late as 9 p.m., Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas) told The Nevada Independent Monday.
Senate Democrats also confirmed Monday that lawmakers will be working for as long as it takes to get through the remaining bill introductions.
Meeting the deadline relies primarily on the progress of Legislative Counsel Bureau staff, who are responsible for drafting bill language. Legislative leaders attributed the postponement of last week’s Monday deadline for legislators’ bill introductions to staff needing more time to draft bills.
Yeager said bill introductions would take place during the regularly scheduled floor sessions — set to begin at 11 a.m. in the Senate and 11:30 a.m. in the Assembly — and then continue once afternoon committee meetings conclude.
Though a vast majority of remaining bills are expected to arrive Monday, some emergency measures and the six major budget bills used to fund the state over the next two years are exempt from the traditional deadlines and will be introduced later in the session.
Keep following this blog for highlights of bills introduced, updates from floor sessions and other legislative happenings.
— Sean Golonka & Tabitha Mueller, 3/27/22, 10:43 a.m.
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