Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Reno mayor veto power

Reno City Hall (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

The Nevada Senate on Friday passed an Assembly bill after an amendment was added to give the Reno mayor veto power.

State Sen. Tick Segerblom introduced the amendment to AB 36 to revise the city of Reno's Charter. The amended bill removes the mayor from the Reno City Council but grants the office-holder power to veto certain measures passed by the council.

The mayor would still preside over council meetings but would not be able to cast a vote. Instead, the mayor can issue a veto that would need at least five council member votes to be overturned.

AB 36 would still eliminate the city of Reno's at-large city council seat, replacing it with a sixth ward.

The bill passed the Assembly 42-0 in March, before the amendment was introduced. It passed the Senate 12-9 on party line vote Friday, with all Democratic members in favor and all Republican senators opposed, and now has to return to the Assembly.

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