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May 30, 2015

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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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