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Nevada legislative panel approves private prison ban

Posted at 2:55 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 17:55:40-04

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill seeking to ban private prisons in Nevada has passed a legislative hurdle.

Legislators on a state Assembly committee voted on Friday to approve legislation that requires the "core correctional services" at each prison to be performed by local or state employees.

It is sponsored by Democrat Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno, who told lawmakers earlier this month the state has no private-run prisons at the moment. She says the state once did and experienced "negative consequences."

Several Republican lawmakers voted against the measure.

The same committee on Friday passed a separate measure that would ban forced human microchipping.