- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada lawmaker has resigned from her job at a consulting firm connected to her role as a registered foreign agent for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Nevada Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod resigned Thursday from the firm Organized Karma, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported (https://bit.ly/2nzw26W ).

“The questions that have come as a result of my employment are distracting and unfair to the constituents in my district,” she said in a statement. “I regret any unintended consequences that I may have caused while at Organized Karma. Now, I would like to continue serving the constituents of Assembly District 34, which has always been my sole focus.”

Bilbray-Axelrod had already been on unpaid leave from the consulting firm.

Bilbray-Axelrod’s resignation comes after the Review-Journal published a report that the Las Vegas Democrat is one of four foreign agents in Nevada registered to do work on behalf of Saudi Arabia to oppose a federal law that allows U.S. terror victims and families to sue other nations.

On her federal disclosure, Bilbray-Axelrod reported her role as doing “outreach to media, influencers, state and federal elected officials” about the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act and its “unintended consequences.”

Former President Barack Obama vetoed the bill, but Congress overrode the veto in September.

Bilbray-Axelrod registered as a foreign agent in October, before she was elected.

Gardnerville Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler has also asked Bilbray-Axelrod to recuse herself from taking votes or attempting to influence a bill that would ban fracking in Nevada.

“Anyone who follows the issue knows that the Saudis have a huge stake in the issue and we’ve been trying for years to relieve ourselves from dependency on foreign oil, and fracking is just one small way we’ve been able to,” Wheeler said.


Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, https://www.lvrj.com

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