Assembly panel OKs Burning Man bill
(AP) — A Nevada legislative panel has narrowly approved a bill to prevent rural Pershing County from imposing its own rules and fees on the Burning Man festival held annually on the Black Rock Desert.
AB374 now goes the Assembly floor.
It follows a lawsuit filed last fall by Burning Man organizers challenging a county festival ordinance that seeks to impose a $1.50-per-head fee to cover law enforcement costs. Organizers say the ordinance also seeks to regulate behavior at the counter-culture festival that draws more than 50,000 people to the desert 110 miles north of Reno.
The bill before the Legislature prevents a board of county commissioners from regulating or licensing an event if a federal agency has issued a license or permit.
Burning Man receives a permit from the BLM.
Bill sets framework for aiding trafficking victims
(AP) — An Assembly committee considered a measure Wednesday that would build a program to teach law enforcement officers, educators and other state officials how to deal with the unique problems faced by victims of human trafficking.
Assemblyman John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, presented AB338 to members of the Judiciary Committee two days before bills must clear committee or fail without further debate.
The bill also requires the state to post signs at locations suspected as hotspots for trafficking.
Proponents hope the bill will help victims escape sooner and provide better services to help them once they break free.
No action was taken Wednesday, but there must be a vote by Friday or the bill will die.
Nine vying to replace Brooks
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County officials say nine people have applied to replace expelled Assemblyman Steven Brooks in the Nevada Legislature.
County spokesman Erik Pappa says county commissioners will consider the candidates at a meeting April 16. The deadline to apply was Tuesday evening.
A replacement must be a Democrat and live in Assembly District 17, which Brooks represented.
Brooks was expelled from the Assembly March 28 after fellow lawmakers said they didn’t feel safe with him in the legislative building. He was arrested twice and hospitalized for a mental evaluation before the move, and arrested again in California hours after the expulsion.
Officials say the candidates vying to replace him are Glynn Coleman, Michelle Jotz, Michael Kelly, Meli Pulido, Mujahid Ramadan, William Robinson II, Kelly Thomas, Tyrone Thompson and Fred Young.