GEOFF DORNAN
Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau

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November 20, 2008
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Lawmakers object to closing prison

Members of the Interim Finance Committee on Thursday said Director of Corrections Howard Skolnik is closing down Nevada State Prison without their permission.

"It doesn't make sense to me to close Nevada State Prison and then ask for money to build another prison," said Assembly Speaker Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas. "I know you can't take much more cuts on your budget but we also can't lose these beds while we figure out where we're going."

Skolnik has proposed closing Nevada State Prison, built in the 1870s, to save some $18 million as part of his budget reductions. He has already …

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