Acting Nevada governor’s priority: Call mom

Associated Press

State Sen. Mark Amodei got through a five-hour stint as acting governor of Nevada this week without making any take-charge decisions. He did, however, call his mother.

As president pro tem of the state Senate and No. 2 in line to replace the governor, the Carson City Republican was the state’s acting chief executive while Gov. Jim Gibbons and Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki surveyed fire damage on the California side of Lake Tahoe on Wednesday.

Amodei said his mother advised him not to do anything when he called her, and he took her advice.

“They caught me by surprise, but the next time I will be ready for my 300 minutes,” Amodei said, joking that he might commandeer a ride in the state’s helicopter and appoint some of his friends to state jobs.

In the past, some lieutenant governors who have been acting governor tried to make changes, only to have the governor return and void them.

Amodei said this was the first time in several years that he has been notified that he was the acting governor when the top two elected officials were out of state.

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