Prevailing wage bill splits vote but passes Nevada Senate

CARSON CITY — The Senate on a party-line vote passed a bill Thursday requiring schools and higher education campuses to pay full prevailing wages on construction projects.

Assembly Bill 154 was approved 12-9, with all Republicans voting no. It now goes back to the Assembly to consider a senate amendment that removed a proposal to lower the threshold of when prevailing wages must be paid to $100,000 from $250,000.

AB154 rolls back a provision of a law enacted in 2015 that allowed schools and the Nevada System of Higher Education to pay 90 percent of prevailing wages on capital improvement projects.

Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, called the AB154 “another futile attempt to repeal common sense bipartisan reforms” approved during the last session when Republicans controlled both chambers of the Legislature.

Contact Sandra Chereb at or 775-461-3821. Follow @SandraChereb on Twitter.

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