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Nevada court wants to answer public employee-lawmakers issue

Public Employee Lawmakers-Nevada
Posted at 7:24 PM, Apr 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-22 22:24:27-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court wants to finally settle a question that has hung for decades over public employees who are elected to the state’s part-time Legislature: Should a person who makes the law also enforce the law?

The seven-member court unanimously called Thursday for additional fact-finding hearings by a lower court on a Nevada Policy Research Institute lawsuit that would unseat two Republicans and seven Democrats, including the two top Democrats in the Legislature.

The Nevada Constitution says a person can't serve two elected offices or in multiple branches of government at the same time. Thursday's ruling authored by Justice James Hardesty calls separation-of-powers too important to have to keep arguing over and over.