By Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed a bill into law exempting school construction projects from paying contractors a prevailing wage.

The Republican governor announced the signing of SB 119 on Friday evening, and called the measure a “narrowly tailored, extraordinary measure” that would allow school districts to stretch construction funds.

The Assembly narrowly passed the measure forward on Thursday on a near party-line vote. The governor signed separate emergency legislation into law on Wednesday allowing schools to continue issuing construction bonds beyond the term approved by voters.

The AFL-CIO union began running TV ads on Friday urging the governor to veto the bill, and labor representatives say the measure removes wage protections for middle-class families. The union is planning protests in Las Vegas and the Nevada Capitol next week.

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