PHOTOS: Lawmakers continue working on state’s budget shortall as special session enters ninth day

After a somewhat quiet day with lawmakers largely meeting behind-the-scenes to work on the state’s budget shortfall, action picked up late in the day Thursday when Democratic legislators introduced a bill that would cut mining deductions and increase state revenue by about $55 million. 

The legislative building, which has been closed to the public and lobbyists through the special session, remains nearly empty outside of lawmakers and staff scrambling to find ways to fix the state's budget hole.

The Nevada Independent’s David Calvert captured scenes from the Legislature’s ninth day of the special session: here are some of the photos from today:

Signs placed in the grass by Americans for Prosperity, a libertarian/conservative political advocacy group funded by brothers, David and Charles Koch in front of the Legislature on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Signs placed in the grass by Americans for Prosperity, a libertarian/conservative political advocacy group funded by brothers, David and Charles Koch in front of the Legislature on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen, and her husband, state Senator Ira Hansen walk outside the Legislature on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Speaker of the Assembly Jason Frierson speaks with Assemblyman Skip Daly outside the Assembly chambers on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
State Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro speaks with reporters inside her office on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Legislative police and a Senate sergeant at arms on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Assemblywoman Alexis Hansen, center, on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Assemblywoman Lesley Cohen on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Assemblyman Gregory Hafen II on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Assemblyman John Hambrick inside the Assembly chambers on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)
Cleaning supplies on a janitor's cart outside a closed restroom on the ninth day of the 31st Special Session of the Legislature in Carson City on Thursday, July 16, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)