Bill Bars County Fees on Burning Man Festival

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The Burning Man Festival continues to enjoy success in its quest for legislative protection from county fees and oversight.

The Nevada Assembly passed AB374 in a 26-15 party line vote Tuesday.

Democratic Assemblyman David Bobzien of Reno is sponsoring the bill that prohibits a board of county commissioners from imposing fees or regulations on festivals operating under a federal license or permit. The popular counterculture festival happens 110 miles north of Reno in the Black Rock Desert.

Opponents of the bill sought amendments to remove the country from liability and responsibility of prosecuting crimes due to the high costs of law enforcement for about 50,000 people.

Republican Assemblyman Ira Hansen of Sparks says the bill undermines county authority and makes funding law enforcement difficult for counties.