Gov. Jim Gibbons Monday said he plans to call a special session of the Nevada Legislature as a result of the state’s ongoing economic and budget crises.
The Republican governor is entering the final year of his first term, facing Democratic majorities in the Legislature, as well as an expected GOP challenge after a first term in which he made headlines with his personal life, culminating in a recent divorce.
Gibbons said he would deliver a special state of the state address, and signaled that he planned to take a high-profile no new taxes stand.
Nevada lawmakers don’t usually meet in even years. The state constitution allows the governor to determine what issues the legislature can consider during a special session.
In his news release Monday, Gibbons said everything is being considered, from reduced operating hours at certain government agencies to education reform and new revenue from waste recycling programs.
“It is irresponsible to spend money we don’t have, the state simply must reduce spending,” Gibbons said. “The time for legislative hearings and other delays has long since past, it is time for decisive action and that is what I plan to do.”