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Lawmakers pass job training bill, Assembly to continue special session on Saturday

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Assembly members are turning in for the night after passing the first of several bills planned for a special session to lure an electric carmaker to Nevada.

Lawmakers were told to report back to the Assembly chambers at 8 a.m. on Saturday.  Senators were waiting Friday night for legislative staff to revise a bill that authorizes tax credits and abatements for Faraday Future.

Lawmakers raised concerns earlier in the day about language ensuring at least half of Faraday’s workers are Nevada residents.  Republican Assemblyman Derek Armstrong said senators were expected to approve the major bill Friday night so the Assembly could start working on it Saturday.

The session started Wednesday and was expected to last a few days. Legislators are considering bills authorizing a $335 million incentive package for Faraday.

The Nevada Assembly also passed a job training bill in the first major vote of a special session.  Lawmakers voted 37-4 on Friday evening to pass AB1, a bill that authorizes a new workforce development program called Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada (WINN).

The initiative is modeled after programs in Louisiana and Georgia. State officials would work with major new businesses moving to Nevada to develop customized job training programs.  State officials plan to apply $2.5 million or more to the program initially by transferring funds from the state general fund and an office of science and technology.

Bill proponents say the program would build a bridge so Nevadans could take advantage of new jobs coming to the state. Opponents say Nevada shouldn’t subsidize one company’s training over another.

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