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Nevada Lawmakers Adopt Resolution to Celebrate 150 Years of Statehood

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On Halloween next year, Nevada will turn 150 years old.

Monday, lawmakers officially got a jumpstart on the birthday celebration, adopting a resolution, read by Senator Debbie Smith.

"President Lincoln recognized that an additional state might be needed for his re-election, in what was shaping up to be a tough three-way race for the White House," Smith said.

Nevada became the 36th state in the union on October 31, 1864.

The mining territory had less than 100,000 residents until the late 1930s. Today, the population is 2.7 million.

"The population alone is just stunning," Smith said. "When you look at the fact that we were the smallest state for so long, then we were the second smallest. Now, we're right in the middle of the pack, if you will."

Both houses adopted today's resolution.

Next, the Commission on Tourism and Planning Committee will start working on an agenda to celebrate Nevada's statehood.

"Nevada is planning a series of marvelous events, educational, fun, celebratory events, commemorating Nevada's 150th birthday," Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki said.

"I think you will see all kinds of things happening in every county, in every city," Smith said. "I really look forward to being part of that."

On this Presidents' Day, that celebration is already being felt in the legislative building.

The day was complete with an Abraham Lincoln impersonator.

Graphic displays can also be found in the halls of the first floor, showing Nevada's history from mining to suffrage to gaming.

Cindy Southerland did the research and development of one of those displays.

"We decided to look at the history of the state through the eyes of the legislature and from on specific legislation that has helped create the state and the culture that we live in now," Southerland said.

Lawmakers say they are looking at our state's history, with a vision for the future.

"We've been talking a lot about being visionaries building a better Nevada," Smith said.

"If we can lock down the foundation for good things to happen and make sure our kids are educated and folks have opportunities for good jobs, Nevada will continue to do just fine," Krolicki said.

Today marked the start of week three of the 77th legislative session.

Some lawmakers are calling this a stabilizing session, now that budget cuts are behind us.

Written by Paul Nelson
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