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Attorneys Defend Tax Extensions Before Nevada Supreme Court

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Attorneys representing Democratic leaders in the Nevada Legislature defended the constitutionality of two 2019 decisions to extend expiring taxes and fees.

The state Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments over whether it was legal for lawmakers to extend a payroll tax and DMV fee set to expire. The Nevada Constitution mandates that two-thirds of lawmakers in both legislative chambers must approve proposals that generate revenue.

State Senate Republicans filed a lawsuit after the Democratic-majority Legislature extended expiring taxes and fees with approval from simple majorities.

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The case reached the state Supreme Court after legislative attorneys appealed a district court ruling that the fees should have required two-thirds approval.