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Bill advances that would change North Las Vegas city council

Nevada lawmakers are sworn in during the opening of the 82nd Session of the Nevada Legislature from the Assembly Chambers of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.
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Nevada lawmakers are sworn in during the opening of the 82nd Session of the Nevada Legislature from the Assembly Chambers of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.

The Nevada Senate has advanced a bill that would substantially change the makeup of the North Las Vegas City Council.

Senate Bill 184 would increase the number of existing wards from four to six, adding two city council seats.

It also requires the city to prepare an annual employee diversity study, among other provisions.

Sponsor Message

The bill's sponsor, Democratic Senator Pat Spearman, said residents of North Las Vegas deserve equal representation.

"We are third in line in terms of population. We have four city council members, Reno, who is behind us, has 262,000 people and they have six wards and a mayor."

Republican Governor Joe Lombardo's office has vowed to veto the bill.

In a statement, Lombardo's Chief of Staff Ben Kieckhefer said the governor could not support the bill because it didn't originate with the city's charter committee.

The bill now heads to the Assembly for their approval.

Paul serves as KNPR's producer and reporter in Northern Nevada. Based in Reno, Paul specializes in covering state government and the legislature.