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Nevada Legislature Faces First Deadline

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Nevada lawmakers are facing their first major deadline of the 78th Legislative Session, with bills either passing their committees or dying. Voting on more than 1,000 bills is no easy task.

"It's just a matter of looking through the bills and discussing them and then deciding which ones we want to move forward," Assemblyman Randy Kirner, (R) Reno said.

"It's a lot of information to digest," Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson, (D) Reno said. "So, everyone is trying to do their due diligence as a legislator but this is a time where some bills are going to live and some bills are going to die."

The Assembly and Senate each have 10 committees that have been discussing one bill after another, for most of the session. Meeting today's deadline means being flexible.

"Some met at 7, some met at 7:30am," Senator Aaron Ford, (D) Las Vegas said. "Meetings for committees are having to commence upon the adjournment of another meeting."

Some lawmakers say it also requires working across the aisle. While Friday marks the end for some of these bills, it also has an impact on the sponsors that worked to get them passed.

"We think we all have good ideas until we have to get them vetted and sometimes we change our own minds in those regards," Ford said.

"There's people that are happy that the bills live on and there are those that are unhappy that their bills died but that's the nature of this process and it happens every two years," Senator Ben Kieckhefer said.

Bills with a fiscal note are exempt from the deadline. So, some will still have a chance to be discussed by the Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees. But Friday serves as a springboard for the next 52 days, when the Assembly and Senate will start looking at bills that have already passed the first house.

"It's a bit of an easier lift because most of them have gone through a decent vetting process over in the other chamber," Kieckhefer said.  "So, they've been refined already. A lot of the kinks have been worked out."

April 21 marks the next major deadline. That is when all bills that passed the committees will have to be voted on in the chamber that they originated.

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