Governor Promises Veto of Background Checks, Talks Legislative Session

By: Joe Harrington Email
By: Joe Harrington Email

RENO -- Amid thousands of phone calls to his office, Governor Brian Sandoval said he will reject a measure expanding instances of when background checks must be done for gun-buyers.

"I think it was as of yesterday just for that one day it was twenty-eight thousand (callers) opposed to the bill and approximately seven thousand for the bill, yes I do intend to veto the bill," Sandoval said.

Senate bill 221 cleared the legislature with Democratic support. Sandoval, a Republican, called the measure "overly broad." However, he said he does support some of the provisions of the bill. "One of the goals for me was to prevent those that are mentally ill from having the opportunity to obtain guns, there were pieces of that bill that would have achieved that goal," he said.

Sandoval weighed in on a number of other proposals during an interview with KOLO Friday.

He said he had conversions with the superintendent of Washoe County Schools about a bill to help repair schools. Originally, the bill hiked taxes in the county to fund repairs. However, the final version of the bill reaching Sandoval's desk would enable county commissioners to decide whether to raise taxes for repairs. Of the five commissioners, four would have to agree to the tax increase. Sandoval called the current measure "a great bill."

Sandoval said he is still waiting to receive a bill that would create medical marijuana dispensaries in in the state. He said he needs to examine whether the plan would have unanticipated costs before taking a stance.

When bills are transmitted to the governor after the legislative session has ended, he has ten days, excluding Sundays, to consider what to do. Sandoval said he is continuing the receive bills.

He said he is still waiting to examine a measure that would create tax breaks for film-makers who come to Nevada. The bill would establish a twenty-million dollar test program.

Sandoval said he is pleased this session saw tax cuts for Nevada's small businesses and more funding for schools. He said "that's one of the things I'm proud about this session is that we were able to put another half billion more than we were last time towards education."

The governor also said he felt the 25-thousand dollar special session was justified. Legislators were mandated to conclude business Monday. However, as the clock struck midnight, they were just beginning discussion of a bill to put more police on the streets of Clark County. "There were some very important issues that I felt reached to the level of being an extraordinary circumstance that would justify a special session."

Friday Sandoval signed a bill creating a license plate celebrating Nevada's 150 years of statehood. Among the measures he approved Thursday was a bill repealing Nevada's threat to leave the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.


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