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Ask Joe: Are state lawmakers allowed to park anywhere they want?

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From the Ask Joe file, we are looking into a question about whether a Nevada state lawmaker is taking advantage of the power of her office when it comes to parking.

One of our viewers sent in this photo showing a car parked illegally and partially on the grass this week up at Truckee Meadows Community College. The license plates on the car indicate it belongs to a member of the Nevada Assembly.

Our viewer wants to know if state lawmakers are allowed to park wherever they want.

Here's what I found out:

We received a couple of pictures showing the Cadillac SUV with the Nevada Assembly license plates. It is not in a legal parking spot, as is evident by the white lines. It is even parked partially on the grass.

The license plate says Assembly 34 and an Assembly spokesman in Carson City told me on the phone that the car belongs to Republican Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner, who represents District 26 in Reno.

The numbers on those legislative license plates represent seniority, not legislative districts. So the person with the most seniority would have either Assembly or Senate 1 on their license plate.

I checked with UNR police, and they point out their policy is to not issue parking tickets during the first two weeks of school, so they did give the driver a warning in this case.

But they would also like to remind people that the parking rules do apply to everyone, even state lawmakers. And they say usually there is a reason is a space is designated as a no-parking area.

I did reach out to Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner. I sent her an email and left a message on her cell phone, but I have not heard back from her by the time this story aired.

We of course would like to get her side of the story, and as always, we'll follow up if we do hear back.

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