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Bill would bar ‘fun places’ ban

The Associated Press

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2009 file photo, hotels and casinos are lit up along the strip in Las Vegas. A report released this week detailing an extravagant conference held by federal employees near Las Vegas in October 2010 has set Nevada abuzz. The internal report by the General Services Administration resulted in the termination of two top deputies and the resignation of the little-known agency's top official hours before its release. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada’s congressional representatives don’t want the government to blacklist cities because they’re too fun.

Sens. Dean Heller and Harry Reid introduced a bill Thursday to prevent lists of vacation destinations in which the government isn’t allowed to stage an event.

They say such policies could hurt tourism-driven cities such as Las Vegas and Reno.

The move comes as federal agencies face backlash for holding lavish conferences on the taxpayer’s dime.

A 2010 IRS employee conference in Anaheim, Calif., home to Disneyland, cost $4.1 million and involved some employees staying in posh suites.

Last year, the General Services Administration came under fire for hosting an $823,000 conference at the M Resort in Henderson.

That event featured expensive dinners and a mind reader.

Nevada’s House delegation introduced a similar bill last month.