- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers are reviewing legislation that would limit prevailing wage rules to only the largest public works projects.

Republican Assemblyman P. K. O’Neill is sponsoring AB 172, which was discussed Thursday in the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.

The bill would exempt public works projects that cost less than $350,000 from paying contractors prevailing wage, which is a sort of minimum wage for contactors that tends to exceed labor rates on the open market.

O’Neill said the current $100,000 threshold would be raised for the first time since 1985 and would affect about half of public projects. The bill would require Nevada’s labor commissioner to reevaluate the threshold every five years based on inflation.

The measure comes after Gov. Brian Sandoval approved a bill exempting school projects from prevailing wage rules.

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