Bill for Annual Sessions Dies

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A proposal for annual legislative
sessions died in a Senate committee as the 2009 session ended, but
lawmakers kept alive another plan that would increase their power
by giving them more control over special sessions.

The failed plan, AJR6, was the latest attempt to replace
Nevada's every-other-year legislative sessions with annual
sessions.

The proposal called for amending the Nevada Constitution to keep
existing 120-day legislative sessions in odd-numbered years and to
add a 60-day session in even-numbered years.

Every-other-year sessions have been the rule in Nevada since
1867, except for 1960 after voters approved annual sessions. Soon
after, biennial sessions were voted back in.

The 2009 Legislature passed AJR5, which would put more power in
the hands of the Legislature by allowing lawmakers to convene
special sessions on their own, without having to get the governor
to do so.

The proposed constitutional amendment still must be endorsed in
the 2011 session and then win approval from Nevada voters.


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