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NV Senate Passes Bill To Build Schools, Suspend Wage Rules

Nevada senators have approved a bill that would provide more money for school construction but also suspend wage rules favored by unions.

The Nevada Senate passed SB119 on Monday in an 11-9 party line vote, with Democrats opposed. It now heads to the Assembly for consideration.

The bill would allow school boards to extend construction bonds beyond the period approved by voters, and would clear the way for building to ease overcrowding.

But the bill is attached to a much less popular provision that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school construction. The rates are set by the state labor commissioner and vary by the type of work and the county.

Union leaders say suspending the rules would lower wages for middle-class workers and attract contractors who do sub-par work.

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