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Judge rejects lawsuit to block Nevada mining tax proposals

Posted at 10:37 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 01:37:57-05

CARSON CITY (AP) — A Nevada judge has rejected an effort by rural counties home to big mining interests to block a move in the state Legislature to raise taxes on mining companies.

Judge James Wilson in Carson City declined Thursday to rule on what he called a legislative matter while the process is still underway.

But he left room for a challenge if lawmakers approve putting a constitutional amendment before voters in a future election.

Tax proposals advanced by the Legislature during a special session in August represent the latest battle in a centuries-old debate over mining taxes that are capped by the state constitution.