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New director named for Nevada group that provides lawmakers legal advice

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Nicolas Anthony will be the next director of Nevada’s Legislative Counsel Bureau. The LCB, as it’s commonly called, is the nonpartisan group that gives state lawmakers legal advice and analysis.

Anthony’s appointment was approved during a Legislative Commission meeting on Monday.

Anthony, an LCB employee for more than 20 years, currently serves as the Director of the Bureau’s Research Division.

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But soon, he’ll be leading the nonpartisan group of lawyers that help state lawmakers do just about everything. That includes writing legislation, providing policy and fiscal analysis, and conducting research and audits.

The bureau also runs the day-to-day operations of the legislature, overseeing tasks such as making sure the lights are on, lobbyists are registered, and web feeds are operational.

During the vote, Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzarro, a Democrat from Las Vegas, told fellow lawmakers she was confident Anthony could lead the bureau.

“He has long served in both the research and legal divisions and also represented local government before the legislature. And of course, best of all, he is immediately available to begin what we believe will be a smooth transition for the LCB.”

Anthony will replace outgoing LCB Director Brenda Erdoes.

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Also a longtime LCB employee, Erdoes became the bureau’s director in early 2020. During her four-year tenure, she oversaw two regular sessions and five special sessions.

She also helped create the policies and procedures that barred the public from entering the legislature during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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