Assembly OKs Burning Man Bill

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada legislative panel has narrowly approved a bill to prevent rural Pershing County from imposing its own rules and fees on the Burning Man festival held annually on the Black Rock Desert.

AB374 now goes the Assembly floor.

It follows a lawsuit filed last fall by Burning Man organizers challenging a county festival ordinance that seeks to impose a $1.50-per-head fee to cover law enforcement costs. Organizers say the ordinance also seeks to regulate behavior at the counter-culture festival that draws more than 50,000 people to the desert 110 miles north of Reno.

The bill before the Legislature prevents a board of county commissioners from regulating or licensing an event if a federal agency has issued a license or permit.

Burning Man receives a permit from the BLM.