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Nevada Legislature Faces Deadlines

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LAS VEGAS -- Key deadlines are approaching as the Nevada Legislature works its way through a scheduled 120-day session in Carson City that is nearly one-third complete.

The next deadline will be Monday, March 18, the last day members of the state Senate and Assembly can introduce their own bills.

That will be followed by March 25, the last day a legislative committee can introduce a bill.

Here are other upcoming deadlines:

* April 2 -- This is the day that lawmakers will begin signing off on state agency budgets.

* April 12 -- A bill that was introduced and heard in a legislative committee has until this date to be approved in that committee. Bills that aren't approved by then will be declared dead.

* April 23 -- A bill that was approved by a committee has until this date to be approved by either the Senate or Assembly. If the bill is approved, it will then move to the other house of the Legislature. If the bill doesn't pass, it will be declared dead.

* May 1 -- The state's Economic Forum, a five-member panel of private citizens appointed by the governor and Legislature, has until this date to provide lawmakers with a forecast of projected general fund revenue for the next two years, information that is vital in shaping Nevada's budget.

* May 6 -- The Senate and Assembly on this date will begin resolving differences over the state budget.

* May 17 -- A bill that has already passed one house has until this date to be approved by a committee in the other house. If that doesn't happen, the bill will be declared dead.

* May 23 -- The Senate and Assembly have until this date to resolve their budget differences.

* May 24 -- Bills have until this date to pass the second house. Bills that have done so will then be sent to Gov. Brian Sandoval for his consideration. Bills that don't pass the second house by this date will be declared dead.

* May 29 -- Budget bills have to be introduced by this date.

* June 3 -- The scheduled 120-day session ends on this date.

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