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Nevada court rejects effort to put A's ballpark funding to a vote

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The Nevada Supreme Court has rejected an effort to cancel sports stadium funding through a public vote. The proposed ballot question would have challenged the state’s $380 million in public funding for As stadium.

The ruling supports a lower-court decision that found the proposed initiative “legally deficient” and “confusing.”

According to the majority opinion, all 66 pages of the state law guaranteeing funding for an A’s stadium would need to be included in the ballot question so voters could understand what they’re considering.

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However, state law says ballot referendums can be no more than 200 words.

The court says the current description is “misleading.” Schools Over Stadiums, a political action committee created by the Nevada State Education Association teacher’s union, developed the proposal.

Schools Over Stadium leaders said in a statement they were disappointed in the ruling but remained committed to killing the public financing deal.

They plan to refile the petition next year ahead of the 2026 election.

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