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Aug 11, 2014 5:41 PM by Associated Press

NV business leaders want special session for Tesla

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Nevada business leaders want a special Legislature session by the end of the year to put together an incentive package to help lure Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the state.

But legislative leaders aren't sold on the idea.

Nevada has a head start in competition for the "gigifactory" after Tesla officials confirmed a graded site is in place east of Sparks.

But Tesla is keeping its options open with plans to break ground in Texas, California, Arizona or New Mexico.

Nevada Manufacturers Association leader Ray Bacon told the Reno Gazette-Journal a special session is the only way to legislate any package worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

But Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick and Senate Minority Leader Pat Hickey say Nevada may not need to sweeten the pot.

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