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Nevada Legislative Session Time Length, Question 5 (1998)

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The Nevada Legislative Session Time Length Question, also known as Question 5, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment on the November 3, 1998 election ballot in Nevada, where it was approved.

Election results

Question 5(Legislative Session Time Length)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 283,413 70.7%
No117,46629.3%

Official results via: Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau - Research Division

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Shall the Nevada Constitution be amended to limit the length of Nevada's regular legislative sessions to not more than 120 calendar days and require the Governor to submit the proposed executive budget to the Legislature at least 14 days before the start of each regular session?[1]

The language that appeared in the voter's guide:

EXPLANATION
Before 1960, regular legislative sessions in Nevada were conducted in odd-numbered years (biennial) and were limited by the Nevada Constitution to no more than 60 calendar days. However, from 1909 through 1959, the Legislature required additional time each session to complete its business. Typically, the "clock was covered" on the 60th day so that the session could be extended a few extra days.
As a result of constitutional amendments in 1958 and 1960, the Legislature continues to meet in regular session in odd-numbered years, but there currently is no limit on the length of a session. Members of the Legislature are paid a salary only for the first 60 days of session, regardless of its length. The last five regular sessions all exceeded 160 calendar days: 1989, 167 days; 1991, 161 days; 1993, 166 days; 1995, 169 days; and 1997, 169 days.
This proposed amendment to the constitution would limit future regular sessions to not more than 120 calendar days, starting with the 1999 session. Under this proposal, regular sessions remain biennial, but would start on the first Monday of February of each odd-numbered year instead of on the third Monday of January. Legislators would continue to receive salary for only the first 60 days of session.
Additionally, the proposal would specifically make void any legislative action taken after midnight Pacific standard time on the 120th calendar day. Finally, the proposal requires the Governor to submit the proposed executive budget to the Legislature at least 14 calendar days before the start of each regular session. Under current practice, the budget is not received by the Legislature until after the start of the session.[1]

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