Assembly OKs special session amendment |

Assembly OKs special session amendment

(AP) – The Nevada Assembly has passed a resolution that would empower lawmakers to call themselves into special session in limited circumstances.

Assembly Joint Resolution 5 was approved Friday on a party-line vote of 25-16, with one member excused. It now goes to the Senate.

The Nevada Constitution says only the governor can call a special session; proponents say that vests too much power in one person.

AJR5 would change the constitution to allow a 20-day special session for disciplinary proceedings, emergencies or reconsideration of vetoed measures.

The resolution passed in the 2009 session. If it passes both houses this session, it will go to voters.

The resolution also specifies the session must end by midnight according to the time zone used in the rest of Nevada.