Board approves furlough exemptions

CARSON CITY — Gov. Jim Gibbons lectured Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto over her request to exempt 33 workers within the Bureau of Consumer Protection from state-mandated furloughs, then voted to approve the exemptions.

At a Board of Examiners meeting Tuesday, Masto said the exemptions were needed to fight mortgage modification scams in Nevada, which leads the nation in foreclosures.

The Republican governor questioned whether the workers qualified as public safety exemptions.

Masto said the $14,400 to pay for the exemptions through June 30 could come from $1.1 million in legal settlements returned to the state.

Masto recused herself from voting. Gibbons voted to approve the request with Secretary of State Ross Miller.

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