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Legislators tackle issues

CARSON CITY — With their 2009 session scheduled to end on Monday, Nevada lawmakers kept working over the weekend on still-pending measures covering a wide range of issues.

The Assembly gave final legislative approval on Saturday to Assembly Bill 148, a worker safety measure that stems from the deaths of 12 workers at Strip construction sites over an 18-month period.

The bill requires 10 hours of safety training for employees and 30 hours of safety training for supervisors. Companies would have to drop workers who don’t get the training in a timely manner.

Assembly members also signed off on state Senate amendments to Assembly Bill 65, increasing fees for filing various court documents, and sent the plan to the governor. The revenue is to be used to help cover costs of nine new judgeships in Las Vegas and one in Reno that would be created under Assembly Bill 64.

The state Senate passed Assembly Bill 561, which eliminates the state Consumer Affairs Division for the next two fiscal years. The action returned the bill to the Assembly for concurrence in a Senate amendment.

Senators also passed Assembly Bill 521, which expands health care coverage for full-time, salaried firefighters exposed to carcinogens on the job. That bill also returns to the Assembly for a review of a state Senate amendment.

The Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee endorsed an amended version of Assembly Bill 82 which makes numerous changes to Nevada election laws, including creation of an electronic database that would allow people to register to vote online.

Also Saturday, the Senate Legislative Operations and Elections Committee tabled Assembly Bill 190, which called for a study of the costs of capital punishment cases in Nevada. State Senate Minority Leader Bill Raggio, R-Reno, pushed for tabling the bill, saying it was part of an effort to eventually do away with the death penalty in Nevada.

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