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The Latest: Lawmakers pass collective bargaining bill

June 3, 2019

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Latest on the Nevada Legislature (all times local):

9 p.m.

Nevada lawmakers have approved a bill that would grant certain state workers the right to collectively bargain.

The measure had stalled out in recent weeks but zoomed through the Assembly on Sunday and passed the chamber Sunday night. It heads to Gov. Steve Sisolak, who called for the bill in his State of the State address.

Union supporters have argued the bill would lead to improved services, less turnover and better working conditions.

Opponents have expressed concerns the measure could come with an increased price tag for Nevada.

Janitors and secretaries would be among those state workers given the right to collectively bargain.

It would not permit workers to strike.

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4 p.m.

Nevada lawmakers continue to work over the weekend to pass a two-year state budget as they move closer to the end of the session on Monday.

Both chambers on Sunday passed a bill that outlines K-12 education funding for the next biennium. The measure must receive approval from Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak before becoming law.

The bill proposes an average basic support guarantee of $6,218 per pupil for next year’s budget, an increase of just over 4% from the current rate. The bill marks the 2021 figure at $6,288.

Lawmakers are also considering a campaign finance bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro. A dozen other state senators have signed on in support of the measure.

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