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Lawmakers Prepare for GOP-Controlled Nevada Legislature

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The next session of our state legislature won't have the political balance we've seen in the past. For the first time in 85 years Republicans will control both houses with a Republican Governor at the helm of the executive branch.

"It's just such a different dynamic," said Democratic veteran and State Senator Debbie Smith. "There really is no balance to it all anymore and it certainly sets up a very different environment."

And that situation has both parties planning ahead.

"I think in this session you'll see a lot of our very popular governor's policies going through because his policies are what's good for the state," said State Assemblyman Jim Wheeler.

Both Republicans and Democrats agree that education is a top priority. But they don't agree on how to fund it. Moves from last session to broaden the tax base by adding residential business licenses and by doubling business license fees may be revisited by the GOP controlled body. But Debbie Smith is quick to point out that education isn't the only concern Democrats have.

"It's mental health and infrastructure and state employees who are still on furlough to balance the budget. There's just so much more to look into than just education."

And we'll all know if they can actually work together come February when the Legislature convenes.
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