What happened in the 2021 legislative session: A guide to the biggest policy debates

The beginnings of the 2021 session featured a pandemic-battered budget and the challenges of addressing the repercussions of COVID-19, but ended on a hopeful note amid a largely successful vaccine rollout, a compromise to raise revenue for education and a major windfall in aid from the federal government on the horizon.

Lawmakers also worked on policy that could have far-reaching effects on the state, including implementing a redesigned school funding formula, decriminalizing traffic tickets, cementing the widespread use of mail-in ballots and calling for a massive expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Instead of tracking the session solely based on the hundreds of bills passing through, The Nevada Independent this year has compiled a summary of some of the most interesting storylines that emerged from the Legislature. Below are some of the most important developments in key subject areas.