- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Assembly members have approved a measure increasing residency requirements for candidates running for office.

Assembly members voted on party lines Tuesday to approve AB177, with Democrats opposing. The bill now moves to the Senate.

The measure is sponsored by Republican Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman and requires candidates for public office to live in their district for at least 180 days before filing. Current Nevada law only requires candidates to reside in their district for 30 days.

The bill also bars ineligible candidates from receiving votes and requires their name to be removed from ballots if possible.

It also increases the penalty for candidates who falsify their residency to a felony charge.

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