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Gun, Criminal Justice, Voting Bills Remain As Legislature Nears End

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Thorny issues remain as the Nevada Legislature marches toward adjournment.

With the session expected to end next week, lawmakers are grappling with bills to prohibit driver license suspensions over unpaid traffic fines, bar guns from casinos, and make mail-in voting permanent.

Senate Bill 219 would remove courts’ ability to suspend a driver’s license over unpaid traffic fines.

The measure “works hand in hand with a bill to decriminalize minor traffic violations, too,” said Nevada Public Radio legislative reporter Bert Johnson.

Backers of the legislation say taking someone’s license makes it less like the fines will ever be repaid.

The 81st session of the Legislature is scheduled to end on Monday.


Bert Johnson, legislative reporter, Nevada Public Radio

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Bert is a reporter and producer based in Reno, where he covers the state legislature and stories that resonate across Nevada. He began his career in journalism after studying abroad during the summer of 2011 in Egypt, during the Arab Spring. Before he joined Nevada Public Radio and Capital Public Radio, Bert was a contributor at KQED and the Sacramento News & Review. He was also a photographer, video editor and digital producer at the East Bay Express.