- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A bill aimed at curbing frivolous lawsuits over construction defects has passed the Senate and will be the first major bill of the session to go to the governor.

The Senate passed AB125 on Friday in an 11-8 party-line vote. Democrats opposed the measure and have accused Republicans of jamming it through the legislative process.

Republicans say the bill would fix a law that was originally meant to protect homeowners when flaws surfaced in their houses, but has opened the floodgates for expensive litigation and created a financial incentive for attorneys to file suit.

Democratic opponents say they worry the bill helps contractors while making it harder for homeowners to get recourse when they encounter a problem with their house.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has backed the concept behind the bill.

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