The interim is a term we use to describe the period of time between the end of a regular legislative session and the beginning of the next regular session. With the Nevada Legislature being one of only four state legislatures in the nation that meets biennially—and with most of Nevada’s citizen legislators having full-time jobs outside the Legislature—it’s not surprising that many Nevadans mistakenly believe a legislator’s work is done when the session ends. As any veteran legislator will tell you, the job of representing their communities and neighbors is demanding work, and the challenges and opportunities we all face don’t recognize the constraints of a session calendar.
In addition to assisting constituents, most legislators serve on one or more interim committees when the Legislature is not in session. Some of these committees have been established through law, and others are created through adoption of a concurrent resolution—one that is adopted by both the Assembly and the Senate—to study a particular issue. Most interim committees are composed of legislators from both the Assembly and the Senate; some are appointed by the leaders of each house and others by the Legislative Commission. The interim committees conduct public hearings, gather information, and propose legislation and other actions to be considered by the next Legislature.