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Proposed Ballot Measure Seeks More Electricity Competition

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A group is trying to get a proposal on the ballot that aims to bring more electricity providers to Nevada.

The group called Nevadans for Affordable, Clean Energy Choices filed a petition with the Nevada Secretary of State's Office on Wednesday. The petition would have to clear any court challenges and supporters would need to gather more than 55,000 signatures to put it up for a vote in November.

The measure would amend the constitution to prohibit a legalized monopoly for electric service, and requires the Legislature to enact laws that clear the way for an open electricity market by mid-2023.

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The petition says lawmakers wouldn't be required to implement deregulation, a process meant to increase competition that has had mixed results in lowering electricity prices in other states.