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Nevada Assembly passes sex education overhaul

(AP) — State lawmakers are saying it’s about time Nevada updates is sex education curriculum.

The Assembly voted 26-15 along party lines Tuesday to pass AB230. It now goes to the Senate.

Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien of Reno is the primary sponsor of the measure. It requires a state council to determine criteria to be covered by an updated sex education course. School districts would then be responsible for setting specifics of the classes to comply with the state requirements.

The new curriculum would include topics such as contraception methods, domestic violence and sexual abuse, communicable diseases and the effects of drugs and alcohol on decision-making.

Under current law parents must opt-in to the sex education — this bill enrolls students unless their parents opt out.

Striking cab drivers take protest at Legislature

(AP) — Las Vegas cab drivers who’ve been on strike for weeks staged a loud protest outside the Legislative building, chanting about their ongoing contract disputes and the death of a bill that would have ramped up penalties for long hauling.

About 50 protesters gathered Tuesday afternoon to chant “we want justice” and “shame on Frias,” blowing on the plastic vuvuzela horns more commonly found at soccer matches and carrying posters depicting rats, a symbol for bosses on the union workers’ bad sides.

Drivers from Clark County’s two largest cab companies, Yellow-Checker-Star and Frias Transportation Management, have been embroiled in labor disputes with their respective employers and have been on strike since March.

Dennis R. Arrington, president of the union that represents Yellow-Checker-Star drivers, said the group is also protesting the failure of a bill that would impose stricter penalties for long hauling.

Among other provisions, AB329 would have added punishments for cab companies whose drivers are caught taking passengers on longer-than-necessary rides to run up the meter.

Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, the Las Vegas Democrat who heads the transportation committee, said he didn’t bring the bill up for discussion because it didn’t have a chance.

“If you don’t have the votes, why would you want to kill it in committee?” he said Tuesday, declining to offer specifics.

A state audit released Monday estimated that nearly a quarter of Clark County cab rides to the airport involved possible long hauling. Passengers were overcharged by $15 million last year due to the practice, the report said. Arrington said cab drivers don’t want to long haul but said they’re forced to because their employers pay them poorly.

Senate OKs equity group sports betting

(AP) — Private equity groups could make large bets at Nevada sports books under a bill advancing in the Nevada Legislature.

AB346 was passed unanimously Tuesday by the Nevada Senate. One lawmaker abstained. Under existing law, only individuals can place wagers at Nevada sports books.

Nevada holds a monopoly on sports betting under a 1992 federal law. Backers of the bill say it would position Nevada to capture some of the estimated $380 billion bet illegally on sports each year in the U.S.

Under existing law, only individuals can place bets at Nevada sports books.

The Senate on Tuesday also approved a bill allowing bets on the outcome of federal elections

Both measures now move to the Assembly.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Apr 24, 2013 12:58AM Published Apr 24, 2013 12:58AM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.