(Sean Whaley of Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Carson City — There will likely be a lot of sound and fury at the Legislature Tuesday as supporters of a bill challenging federal control of Nevada public lands descend on the capital by the busload, but it will all be for naught.
Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson, R-Las Vegas, said the Legislative Counsel Bureau has told leadership that Assembly Bill 408 from Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas, is unconstitutional.
The hearing will give supporters of Bunkerville rancher Cliven Bundy and others challenging federal control of over 80 percent of the state a chance to be heard, but the bill won’t be processed, he said.
“I wouldn’t expect us to move on that bill any further than it is now just because of the constitutionality of it,” Anderson said.
“It’s a sensitive issue,” he said of the long-simmering dispute. “I think a lot of members in our caucus have a lot of questions to ask. The policy and the discussion is still an important one to have.
“As the people’s house that’s our duty to make sure those voices are heard,” Anderson said.
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