Governor: Special session concerning NFL stadium still on track

By Patrick Walker

Published 09/30 2016 09:49PM

Updated 09/30 2016 09:49PM

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Final preparations are underway for a special session of the Nevada Legislature, and it's expected to start within the next two weeks.

The plans consist of filling vacant legislative seats with potentially key votes in what's expected to be a close vote on funding a new NFL stadium in Las Vegas.
  
Governor Brian Sandoval spoke with reporters Friday in Las Vegas.  It was the first time the governor had spoke with local media since the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee approved the plan to finance an NFL stadium.

Sandoval says he's satisfied with the plan, and that the Clark County taxpayers are protected.

"There have been 16 meetings of this committee that's been meeting over a period of almost two years, Sandoval said.  "They've considered that issue with regard to proper bond coverage, and I'm satisfied that there is."

The Las Vegas Sands Corp and the Oakland Raiders have lobbied for the governor's support for a $1.9 billion stadium.  The public portion is $750 million -- it's the largest amount of public dollars ever spent for an NFL stadium.

The stadium would be financed through public bonds repaid by an increase in the room tax.  The plan requires a two-thirds vote of the legislature to pass.  On Friday, Clark County commissioners filled the two vacant southern Nevada legislative seats.

Patrick Walker, Politics NOW Ancor: "Are they pro-stadium? Where do they stand?  Do you know?"
Steve Sisolak, Clar County Commissioner: "I do not know where they stand on the stadium, that wasn't a litmus test issue."

That means a full compliment of lawmakers will be on hand for what could be a very tight vote during the second week of October.  While much of the focus has been on the Raiders, UNLV President Len Jessup says the university is also urging lawmakers to pass the bill.

"The language that the committee forwarded on to the governor, it captures the essence of that -- that this is going to be a home field for UNLV football, so I'm comfortable with that," Jessup said.

Lawmakers will also tackle a half-billion dollar funding proposal for expanding the Las Vegas Convention Center.  Sandoval also told Patrick Walker he hadn't made a decision whether or not to include finding a new source of funding for Education Savings Accounts as part of the special session agenda.

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