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The 81st (2021) Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature begins on Monday, February 1, 2021. The Nevada Legislature meets every other year (biennial) for 120 consecutive days. The ending day will be May 31, 2021. Outside this constitutional defined time frame, the governor or two-thirds of members of the legislature can convene special sessions.

About the Nevada Legislature

The Nevada State Legislature consists of 42 assemblypersons and 21 senators. Nevada's legislators are subject to term limits. Members of the Nevada Assembly serve two-year terms and are limited to six terms, or twelve total years in the Assembly. Members of the Nevada Senate serve four year terms and are limited to three terms, or twelve total years in the Senate.

Between sessions, legislators work on various committees that attend to business required to keep the government running. If a special session is called, only the specific issue(s) prompting the session may be dealt with.

Nevada State Legislature, Carson City, Senate, Assembly, NV
Nevada State Legislature building in Carson City. Photo © Stan White

Political Makeup of the Nevada State Legislature

The 2020 general election kept both houses of the Nevada Legislature majority Democratic. For the 2021 session, there are 11 Democratic Senators and 9 Republicans (1 vacancy). In the Assembly, the split is 25 Democrats and 16 Republicans (1 vacancy).

Reapportionment and Redistricting

Following the national census each 10 years (latest in 2020), the Nevada State Legislature is responsible for reapportioning and redistricting the districts for:

  • The United States House of Representatives
  • The Nevada State Senate
  • The Nevada State Assembly
  • The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents

Links to more Nevada Legislature information

While in Carson City, take time to visit the Nevada State Capitol, a short walk from the Nevada State Legislature. The beautiful building is open to the public on weekdays during business hours.

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