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September 19, 2014

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In ‘difficult decision,’ key Democratic assemblywoman to resign

A Henderson Democratic assemblywoman who was expected to take a key role next session will resign, she said Thursday night in a surprise announcement that came as lawmakers gear up for the 2013 legislative session.

Assemblywoman April Mastroluca cited family and personal reasons for the resignation, but would not be more specific. She said a letter formally resigning will be delivered Friday to Gov. Brian Sandoval's office.

Mastroluca had been mentioned as a possible chairwoman for the powerful Assembly Ways and Means Committee. In 2011, just her sophomore session, she served as the chair of the Health and Human Services Committee on policy, as well as heading the Ways and Means subcommittee for health and human services.

The Nevada Legislature has already seen its most veteran members taken out by term limits.

Her replacement, she said, will be made by the Clark County Commission.

The news was first reported by journalist Jon Ralston.

"It's a difficult decision," Mastroluca said.

She said she and her family had been trying to resolve some issues. "We realized we couldn't make it work with me being gone," said Mastroluca.

Nevada has a part-time citizen-Legislature that meets every two years for 120 days.

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  1. Somethings rotten in Denmark. This is a fishy story in that many times crooked politcians (see Robert Torricelli D-NJ) are allowed to resign rather than face criminal charges. Justice would not be so kind to an "ordinary" citizen as he or she would be put through the mill. Hopefully, the press, in its zeal to dig out the truth, will not rest until they find the real cause behind her "resignation over familiy problems." Oh, wait. She's a Dumbocrat, so the press will bury the story and tell us to move along because, "There's nothing to see here." That's exactly what they did with Torricelli who was rumored to have taken bribes while in office.