Final day of state legislature: Here's what you need to know

LAS VEGAS - The countdown is on for state lawmakers because they must finish all of their legislative business before midnight.

On, the final day of the session, there was a flurry of activity.   

Governor Sandoval signed most of the major budget bills on Monday, as lawmakers tackled the compromise bills clearing the logjam that had for a time threatened to extend the session.

There are three parts to the agreement to unstick the logjam. The budget bill that failed, Senate Bill 546, is the capital improvement projects bill and it needed 28 votes and passed 34-8; that's 354 million dollars for building and maintenance projects, as well as debt payments.

Had SB 546 not passed, there would have been a $270-$290 million budget hole that would've had to be solved.

Senate Bill 487, the 10 percent excise tax on marijuana, which was originally requested by Governor Sandoval, also passed with a 2/3 majority.

Much of that money will now go to the state's rainy day fund.
The one-time opportunity scholarship extra tax credits of $20 million, Senate Bill 555 passed 34-8.

Lawmakers also passed voting on party lines the $12 minimum wage bill from the Senate Bill 106.  SB 106 was thought to be one of the bills that would be used in negotiations with Education Savings Accounts.

However, ESA's are out of the picture, so it's up to the governor to decide whether or not to veto the bill.

Another high-profile bill that lawmakers are working on is the prescription drug Price Transparency Bill.  The governor vetoed it this weekend, but the language was amended into Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson's similar bill.

It has one more hearing before a potential vote Monday night.

 


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