Ballot Plans Stay Alive

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A Nevada judge ruled Friday that two
initiative petition aimed at capping funding for the Las Vegas tourism authority can remain on the ballot.

Carson City District Judge Bill Maddox said part of the plans could result in "ridiculous" amendments to the Nevada Constitution if approved by voters, but added that voters "have just as much a right to do stupid things as the Legislature does."

An attorney for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
said the ruling would be immediately appealed to the state Supreme

Under the plans, voters would have a chance this election year and again in 2010 to decide whether to use some Clark County room tax revenues to fund public education or public safety efforts.

To qualify for the ballot, proponents need to collect 58,836 valid signatures for each petition by May 20.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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