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Sports betting kiosk bill heads to Assembly

(AP) — Opponents of a bill to ban sports betting kiosks at bars and taverns hope to make a defensive stand in the Nevada Assembly after the measure cleared the state Senate.

If approved, Senate Bill 416 would prohibit the free-standing sports-betting machines in small establishments with restricted gambling licenses as of July 1.

“We’re still alive on the other side,” said Keith Lee, a Reno lawyer and lobbyist for William Hill, said Wednesday. William Hill is an operator of sportsbooks and has about 80 kiosks.

The bill pushed by the Nevada Resort Association was approved by the Senate on an 18-3 vote Tuesday.

The NRA, a trade organization representing many of the state’s largest casinos, argues the kiosks cross the line from slot and video poker machines and enter a realm of sports books reserved for big casinos that hold non-restricted gambling licenses.

“It’s absolutely a big issue for us,” Pete Ernaut, resort association lobbyist, said Wednesday. “Bars aren’t supposed to have sportsbooks. Kiosks are sportsbooks.”

Restricted gambling licenses allow operators to have up to 15 slot or video machines per location.

Retiring coal-fired plants passes Senate

(AP) — The Nevada Senate has endorsed NV Energy Inc.’s plan to retire its coal-fired plants and pave the way for the state’s biggest electrical utility to transition to more renewable sources.

After several revisions, SB123 was approved unanimously Wednesday and now moves to the Assembly.

Under the bill, NV Energy close the Reid Gardner coal plant in southern Nevada by 2017 and divest 800 megawatts of coal by 2019.

The Public Utilities Commission also will review the rate consequences to ensure customers aren’t on the hook for a new, cleaner power plants until they are needed.

The bill had bipartisan support, including from Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and Democratic U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, who earlier this year called on NV Energy to give up its coal plants.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated May 23, 2013 01:11AM Published May 23, 2013 06:11PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.