Lawmakers feel the pressure during special session in Carson City
The legislative session went into overtime when lawmakers couldn't quite get everything done before the midnight deadline.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The legislative session went into overtime when lawmakers couldn't quite get everything done before the midnight deadline.
Governor Sandoval called for a brief special session, which gave everyone a little extra time to finish off the state's business.
Front and center on the final day of the State Legislature was the debate on whether gun buyers should face background checks.
Senate Bill 221 put forth by Senator Justin Jones passed on the Assembly floor with a close vote.
"It's about ensuring that we protect all of our children, all of our families from being victimized," said Jones.
Jones said the bill was inspired by the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and is supported by 86 percent of Nevadans.
But those against it say they felt threatened to vote last-minute, as lobbyists like Neil Heslin, who lost a son in the school shooting, looked on.
"When it feels like you're going to be threatened if you don't vote a certain way -- and I hate to go this route -- and I'm voting 'no' on this just for that reason," said Assemblyman Richard Carrillo.
The bill now moves to the Governor's desk and his office said he'll veto it.
Also going to the Governor is a bill allowing medical marijuana dispensaries so patients can get the drug in Nevada legally.
"We've been fighting to have dispensaries so people can actually get it, and for some reason this year it finally came together," said Assemblyman Tick Segerblom.
Right now, medical marijuana patients have to go to neighboring states to buy it. If dispensaries open, supporters say that will keep the money from marijuana sales in the state.
Estimates put medical marijuana revenue at $30 million a year. That money will go towards education as part of the $500 million in school spending the governor pledged this session.
"We're disappointed that there wasn't a lot more money, but we're grateful. It's a step in the right direction, kind of a mixed bag," said Ruben Murillo with the Clark County Education Association.
As the final night of the session winds down, lawmakers are are feeling the pressure to get the job done.