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December 21, 2014

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2013 Legislature:

Four Nevada laws that politicians adopted but Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval has vetoed four bills including a measure to require some restaurants to post nutritional information and another on ward-only voting.

The governor Monday struck down AB-126 that required restaurants with 15 locations or more in Nevada to disclose nutritional information such as calorie counts on the menu.

The Federal Drug Administration requires restaurants with 20 locations or more to display this information and the governor said the state law would have been redundant and an "unnecessary additional burden on affected restaurants.”

The governor also shot down SB-457 that changed the voting laws in Henderson, Reno, Sparks and Carson City, where candidates run in specific wards but are subject to citywide votes.

The bill would have limited the eletorate to vote only for city council candidates in the wards where the voters live. The governor said this would limit voters' ability to cast ballots for candidates “to make decisions for the good of the community as a whole.”

He noted that Reno voters, in an advisory ballot question last year, rejected the voting by ward only.

The governor vetoed AB-447 that would have allowed counties to set up polling places outside the precincts or districts where the voter lives. Supporters said this would prompt more voters to cast ballots.

The governor said there are already options for the voters to take advantage of, such as early voting absentee balloting by mail and Election Day voting.

The governor also rejected SB-373 to change the law on payment of judgments, saying “Nevada is one of the most favorable debtor states and provides greater protection from wage garnishment than surrounding states.”

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