Friday Deadline Passes for Lawmakers

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It was long night for Nevada lawmakers in Carson City on Friday. Bills were passed out of the Senate and Assembly before the midnight deadline, so they would have chance of becoming law.

But they managed to do it, and throughout the day’s proceedings, they considered bill after bill. One lawmaker called it, having good momentum.

Although it appeared lawmakers might wrap-up around 10 p.m., we're told they went back in, and continued working even later.

You could sense the urgency, as those bills were quickly read. To give you an idea of just how quickly the process is moving, KOLO 8 News was told Governor Gibbons signed into law, 15 bills in 15 minutes.

Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley says as the end of the session approaches, these are long days for lawmakers. She adds that they are working 16-18 hour days.

Among the bills considered Friday night, one relating to medical privacy laws, and another dealing with school choice.

Bills that would have a fiscal impact on the new budget were exempted from Friday’s deadline.

Bills that successfully made it out of both houses, could reach the governor as early as Saturday.

Joe Harrington, KOLO 8 News