Nevada Official Faces Ethics Commission Hearing

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The state Ethics Commission is scheduled to hold a hearing Wednesday on charges that outgoing Nevada Nuclear Projects Office Executive Director Bob Loux illegally raised his own salary.

The complaint was filed by Assembly Minority Leader Heidi Gansert, R-Reno, after Gov. Jim Gibbons demanded Loux's resignation.

The hearing will determine whether Loux is guilty of ethics violations by giving pay raises to himself and others in his office above maximums authorized by state lawmakers.

Loux has managed the state's battle to block federal plans to locate a high-level nuclear waste repository at southern Nevada's Yucca Mountain since the early 1980s.

Loux says the pay raises occurred after employees of his agency met to redistribute the salary of the departed employee as well as her duties.

He remains on the job until a replacement is hired.
Information from: Nevada Appeal,

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