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Governor Sandoval Says Legislature Did A "Great Job"

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Recent mass shootings around the country were a big factor in the state Legislature passing Senate Bill 221.

It would require background checks for private party gun sales.

Governor Sandoval says there are many good things in this bill, like keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.

But overall, he doesn't agree with the bill and still plans to veto it.

"It is a very difficult and emotional issue," Sandoval said. "We still are receiving the veto message as we speak. It's something that's been very popular in our office, in terms of people rendering their opinion. Just yesterday, we had over 36,000 phone calls."

Governor Sandoval says state lawmakers did a great job during this last session, passing a budget that added $500-million to K-12 education, including class-size reduction, an English language learning program, and all-day Kindergarten.

"The big winners were the kids," Sandoval said. "Something that was very important to me was that every child in the state of Nevada be able to read by three."

The Governor says additional funding is a reflection of a recovering economy, with rising home values, continued rising taxable sales, and increasing gaming revenue.

He says his goal of creating 50,000 new jobs by the end of his term is within reach.

"We're improving and we have a ways to go," Sandoval said. "By no means am I satisfied with where we are. Two years ago, we had over 14% unemployment. Now, we're down to about 9.5% but we have got to do better than that."

About 1,000 bills will be signed or vetoed by next Friday. Between 50 and 100 bills haven't even made it to his office yet.

Just today, he signed a bill regarding the license plate for Nevada's 150th birthday, which is modeled after the state flag.

"It's a very attractive license plate," Sandoval said. "I really encourage Nevadans to take a look at it and hopefully, they'll consider using it for their vehicle. A portion of the cost of that license plate will go to a fund which will help Nevada celebrate it's 150th birthday."

Governor Sandoval says one of the main reasons he called for a Special Session on Tuesday, was because one of the remaining bills had to do with getting more police officers for Clark County.

He says it was an easy call to make, since the bill was about public safety.

Written by Paul Nelson
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