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NV Assembly Passes Bill Suspending Prevailing Wage

The Nevada Assembly has passed a bill loathed by Democrats because it would suspend prevailing wage rules on school construction projects.

The Assembly approved the measure 23-19 on Thursday.

SB119 is a two-part bill that would extend school construction bonds beyond the term approved by voters as a way to ease overcrowding, but also ends rules that are essentially a minimum wage for contractors.

The bill was opposed by Democrats who said it would harm middle-class contractors and almost died in committee earlier this week.

Some conservatives opposed the bill because they see the bond rollover as a tax increase.

An emergency bill signed into law Wednesday included the bond rollover but removed the prevailing wage portion over fears that it the two-part bill wouldn't pass.

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