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Assembly to leave smoking petitions to voters

Publication Date: 3/10/2005
  • Author:Geoff Dornan
  • Publication:Nevada Appeal
The petition which receives the most votes would become part of the Nevada Constitution

The Assembly Judiciary Committee decided Wednesday to leave smoking restrictions to Nevada voters.

Assemblyman Garn Mabey, D-Las Vegas, summed up the attitude of most committee members: "Initiative Petition 1 goes way too far and Initiative Petition 2 doesn't go far enough."

Chairman Bernie Anderson, D-Sparks, said his preference would be to leave the petitions to Nevada voters to decide. Both were approved by voters in November. If lawmakers don't act within the next nine days, they will go on the next general election ballot. According to committee staff, the one which receives the most votes would become part of the Nevada Constitution.

The committee heard more than two hours of testimony about the initiative petitions - the first backed by the Heat Association, Lung Association and Cancer Society and the second designed to counter it by the Nevada Resort Association and retailers.