- Associated Press - Saturday, February 14, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada lawmakers plan to hold more serious discussions on the state’s finances during their third week, but they’re not above a little fun and games. The agenda includes bills that would clear the way for more dogs to hang out in bars and saloons and a measure to make square dance the official state dance of Nevada.

Here’s a look at what the week ahead holds:

PREVAILING WAGE

SB119, a bill that has angered union officials and others, is on the Senate’s agenda for a possible Monday vote. It would allow school boards to extend construction bonds beyond the period approved by voters, and would clear the way for building to ease overcrowding.

But the bill is attached to a much less popular provision that would suspend prevailing wage rules on school construction. The rates are set by the state labor commissioner and vary by the type of work and the county.

Union leaders say suspending the rules would lower wages for middle-class workers and attract contractors who do sub-par work.

If the bill passes out of the Republican-controlled Senate, it will head to the Republican-controlled Assembly.

DOGS IN BARS

Want to bring Fido to the bar for a night on the town? If SB105 passes, that would be a lot easier. The bill, sponsored by Minden Republican Sen. James Settelmeyer, clears the way for the owners of bars, taverns and saloons to allow dogs in their businesses. It would prevent state or other governments from creating bans on dogs in bars.

The measure is scheduled for debate in the Senate Government Affairs Committee on Monday, which happens to be Animal Protection Lobby Day at the Legislature.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

State incentives for data centers are up for consideration in a Tuesday afternoon meeting of the Senate Revenue Committee. Presenters include the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and officials from eBay.

The state is also getting pickier about which companies it offers incentives to. SB74, up for debate Thursday, would narrow the tax abatement for companies that don’t pay the state’s average wage. It’s an effort to nudge companies to pay better wages.

OFFICIAL STATE DANCE

Several Assembly members - mostly Republicans - are circling around the square dance as the official state dance of Nevada. Lawmakers will hear the proposal, AB123, during a Wednesday morning meeting of the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.

The resolution notes that square dance clubs exist throughout Nevada, and the 68th Annual Silver State Square and Round Dance Festival will be held in May in Reno.

Republican Assemblywoman Robin Titus said the measure, which a constituent in Fallon requested, is a light one among the other heavier issues the Legislature has to debate. She said she hopes to bring in a square dance demonstration at some point during the session.


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