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3 Nevada lawmakers sick with COVID-19 as 2021 legislative session quickly approaches

The Nevada Assembly met for a special session in July 2020 called by Gov. Steve Sisolak to address a number of serious issues caused by COVID-19
The Nevada Legislature building is located in Carson City, Nevada
The Nevada Legislature building is located in Carson City, Nevada
The Nevada Capitol building in Carson City on a cold, snowy February night in 2019
The Nevada Capitol building in Carson City on a cold, snowy February night in 2019
The Nevada Capitol building in Carson City on a cold, snowy February night in 2019
Posted at 10:34 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-02 09:54:02-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Three Nevada lawmakers say they are currently sick with COVID-19 and one of them is hospitalized. Concerns are now growing about how lawmakers will grapple with pressing state issues in the next legislative session set to begin on Feb. 1.

Nevada State Senator, the majority whip Dr. Pat Spearman, is hospitalized.

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The senator, who is 65, has been thanking her supporters on Twitter from her hospital bed.

Her hospitalization became known on Thursday after actress Patricia Arquette tweeted that the senator had refused a local hospital’s offer to make room for her and headed to the VA’s hospital instead.

Spearman retired from the U.S. Army. She currently represents District 1, which includes much of North Las Vegas.

Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted his well wishes for a speedy recovery to Spearman on Thursday.

Nevada Assemblywoman Nguyen tweeted on Dec. 29 that her household is positive.

Nevada Assemblyman Watts tweeted on Dec. 31 that he tested positive that morning.

The illnesses come as the Nevada legislature is scheduled to convene in Carson City on Feb. 1.

The legislature meets every odd numbered year on the first Monday of February, according to the Nevada constitution.

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Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom continues to suggest the session be pushed back 30 days and begin on March 1.

Segerblom, a former Nevada legislator himself, says Nevada's lawmakers already have a lot to do under normal circumstances in the course of a 120-day session.

"People have no idea how much work they do in four months. And if they're set back a week or two because I have to quarantine or somebody misses one vote that hurts all of us," said Segerblom in an interview with 13 Investigates.

Segerblom says the illnesses underscore the need to put a pause on the session until the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available and accessible for Nevada's 63 state lawmakers.

"We need all 63 people to be focused on the job and not worried about whether they'll die," said Segerblom.

13 Investigates reached out to the three lawmakers who are ill with COVID-19 Friday. We also reached out to the governor's officer for comment. However, the requests were not immediately acknowledged.

13 Action News wishes them full and speedy recoveries.

Segerblom says the governor has the power to postpone the session.