Burning Man Organizers Hail New Nevada Law

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a bill that streamlines the permitting process for the Burning Man festival and other events on federal land.

The new law gives counties the right to opt out of state permitting requirements for events held on federal land that already undergo a comprehensive federal permitting process.

Pershing County commissioners earlier passed a resolution exempting Burning Man from county permitting requirements.

Burning Man spokesman Ray Allen calls the new law "a huge victory" for the festival. He says it "ensures local permitting requirements won't infringe upon the First Amendment rights of Burning Man participants."

The anything-goes art and music festival leading up to Labor Day draws over 50,000 people from around the world to the Black Rock Desert, some 100 miles north of Reno.

The new law takes effect July 1.