Debbie Smith to miss beginning of session with health issue

State Sen. Debbie Smith will not be in Carson City as the session begins because of what she told friends is a "serious health issue."

Here's what she sent to friends last night -- it does not sound good:



I wanted you to know I have a serious health situation unfolding.  There will be a press release Monday morning but I wanted to tell you first.  I am leaving town for more tests and will let you know when I know more.  I'm not going to be at the swearing in and will most likely be gone all of next week and perhaps for two.  Please keep my family and me in your thoughts and prayers and you'll know what's going on as soon as I have something definitive to report, probably by week's end.