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Political heat derails plan to let Legislature meet in Las Vegas

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Sam Morris

The lobby of the Nevada State Legislature building is seen during the second day of the legislative special session Wednesday, February 24, 2010 in Carson City.

Tick Segerblom

Tick Segerblom

CARSON CITY — A proposal to allow the Nevada Legislature to meet in Las Vegas is being scrapped.

Sen. Tick Segerblom, D-Las Vegas, said Friday he is proposing an amendment to strip from his resolution a proposal to allow sessions of the Legislature in Southern Nevada or elsewhere in the state outside of Carson City.

“Everyone complained that we were moving the capital to Las Vegas, and I couldn’t take the heat,” he said.

The state Constitution says the business of the Legislature must be conducted at the seat of government, which is Carson City.

The resolution would have permitted the Legislature to meet anywhere in the state and was aimed at having some sessions or committee meetings in Las Vegas.

Segerblom noted that committees can meet in Las Vegas and take symbolic votes, but those votes must be ratified in Carson City.

The resolution still contains a proposal to permit the Legislature to meet every year instead of every other year. The Legislature is now limited to a 120-day session in odd-numbered years, and lawmakers are only paid for the first 60 days.

The resolution proposes 90-day regular sessions in odd-numbered years and paying lawmakers for every day. In even-numbered years, the session would be limited to 30 days with full pay.

The resolution would have to be approved this session and again in the 2015 Legislature and then ratified by voters.

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