Assemblyman Edgar Flores inside the Legislature on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Carson City. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Riley Snyder and Michelle Rindels, The Nevada Independent
It was the Deadline Day that wasn’t. Despite expectations that floor sessions on Monday — the 43rd day of the session and deadline for individual legislator bill introductions — would stretch late into the night to accommodate numerous bills, legislative leaders suspended rules and allowed the Legislative Counsel Bureau’s legal division to keep working throughout the week.
Legislative leaders attributed the delay in bill drafting to a “short-staffed” legal division, as well as difficulties associated with the mostly virtual session. It came after a weekend of work on the bills and some lawmakers withdrawing bill draft requests to lighten the load.
“We’ve held out hope that we would be able to get them both done today,” Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson (D-Las Vegas) told reporters on Monday. “But it wasn’t enough. And so we’re going to provide legal with the extra, I would estimate, a couple of days.”
Legislators ended up introducing 55 bills and resolutions on Monday. In 2019, lawmakers introduced 144 measures on the legislator bill introduction deadline day, and in 2017, there were 204 bills introduced on deadline day.
Another deadline — for introductions of bills sponsored by committees — looms next Monday. But legislative leaders reiterated that the challenges of holding a session during a pandemic could result in additional delays.
“It just sometimes takes them a little longer to get everything out and get it where it needs to be so we can pass good policy, and they need a little