Special session of Legislature expected to end Saturday with budget cuts

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Members of the Assembly inside the chambers on the second day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, July 9, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

Fri, Jul 17, 2020 (1:40 p.m.)

The Nevada Legislature is expected to wrap up a special session Saturday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Lawmakers are in Carson City to address a $1.2 billion budget shortfall caused by a business shutdown ordered to help curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Lawmakers took Friday off from floor sessions and will return Saturday morning to, it’s expected, pass bills cutting the budget and instituting state worker furloughs.

Thursday’s session ran into Friday morning, after Assembly Democrats introduced a bill to cap mining tax deductions at 60% to raise about $100 million in new revenue.

The measure, which needed a two-thirds vote in both chambers to pass, failed in the Senate after no Republicans backed it. One Republican needed to flip for it to succeed.

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