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The Latest: Same-day voter registration passes Senate panel

April 13, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on a bill deadline at the Nevada Legislature (all times local):

5:55 p.m.

A same-day voter registration bill has passed a state Senate committee in Nevada.

The legislative panel approved the measure on Friday. The bill, with a proposed conceptual amendment, would allow people who register to vote on Election Day to cast a full provisional ballot.

State Sen. James Ohrenschall says somebody who registers on Election Day will have their provisional ballot checked to make sure they are allowed to vote in that election.

The lawmaker says the bill will allow people who may have missed the registration deadline to participate in the Democratic process.

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4:05 p.m.

A Nevada bill that would ban brothels in the only state where they are legal is likely to die this legislative session.

The measure brought by state Sen. Joe Hardy failed to receive a hearing and is not expected to make it past a Friday bill deadline. The Republican lawmaker had argued brothels had no place in the state and attract women with few economic options who get stuck in an abusive industry.

Brothel backers argue a ban would hurt struggling rural economies and push sex workers into dangerous street prostitution.

A separate bill that would initiate a legislative study on the health and well-being of sex workers at the bordellos passed its committee earlier this month.

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3:20 p.m.

A Nevada bill that would give local governments the ability to regulate electric foot scooters has passed out of its first committee.

The panel of legislators passed the Assembly bill on Friday. The measure must pass the full Assembly and Senate before it heads to the governor for approval.

Representatives from electric scooter companies earlier this week urged legislators to support the measure. The legislation gives broad range for local governments to regulate them, including requiring operators to pay a fee for running the scooter-share programs.

It also would allow governments to ban the scooters in specific areas. The effort comes after the electric scooters have caused troubles in major U.S. cities nationwide.

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3 p.m.

A state legislative panel approved a bill requiring police departments to tell lawmakers how many people they transfer to federal immigration authorities.

Nevada lawmakers on an Assembly committee passed the legislation in Carson City on Friday, in time for a deadline that decides whether bills fail or continue on in the legislative process.

The measure would mandate local law enforcement agencies to give a yearly report on how many people they transferred to federal custody.

The bill also requires that departments report what crime the people were arrested for. The reports will not include any identifying information on the people.

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10:35 a.m.

A Nevada gun bill that seeks to ban bump stocks has cleared its first legislative hurdle.

The bill sponsored by Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui also aims to allow counties to pass stricter firearm laws than those imposed by the state. The Democratic lawmaker escaped the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival in which a gunman used bump stocks to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

An Assembly committee approved the measure Friday, but the bill must pass the Assembly and the Senate before heading to the governor.

An amendment sponsored by Jauregui stipulates that a board of county commissioners will be able enact more stringent firearm laws. Unlike the original bill, that power would not be afforded to cities or towns under the amendment.

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