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Late-Night Bill Clarifies Casino Confidentiality Laws

Nevada's political heavyweights have dropped a late-night bill in the final hours of the 2017 legislative session that would build on an existing confidentiality law.

The bill was announced by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, Democratic Assembly Majority Leader Jason Frierson, Republican Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson and Republican Assembly Minority Leader Paul Anderson.

They say the bill clarifies the confidentiality of information that casinos provide to the state Gaming Control Board and its auditors.

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That law was at the center of a 2016 case revived this session in a  Democratic-led probe.

Attorney General Adam Laxalt had advised the state's top gaming regulator to file a legal opinion in a lawsuit to similarly clarify the law.

Senate Bill 376 would explicitly state that casinos and other businesses licensed by the gaming board can prevent the government from disclosing their privileged information.

Five spokespeople for the legislative leaders and governor did not return a request for comment on why the bill was sought or its relation to the 2016 case.