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Committee OKs Bill to Tamp Down on Disqualified Candidates

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada Assembly committee has approved a bill that aims to keep disqualified candidates from being seated in the Legislature.

Republican Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman sponsored AB 177, which passed the Assembly Legislative Operations and Elections Committee on Tuesday. It heads to the full Assembly for a vote.

The bill would require candidates to live in their district for at least six months in order to run for office. Ballots for disqualified candidates would not count, and the measure would make it a class E felony to lie on candidate residency forms.

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Seaman said her opponent in 2014 was disqualified by a judge before the election but was still allowed to win votes. She said the bill was "personal and necessary" to keep legislators honest to their constituents.