CARSON CITY— Assembly Ways and Means Chair Maggie Carlton and Senate Finance Chair Joyce Woodhouse released the following statement after tonight’s hearing on Assembly Bill 513, a bill that will provide the Gaming Control Board with its own independent counsel.
“After this evening’s hearing, it is clear that Attorney General Laxalt’s attempt to pressure the Gaming Control Board to intervene in a private civil lawsuit on behalf of his biggest donor has created an irreconcilable conflict. In fact, Mr. Laxalt admitted on the record tonight that the Board has gone so far as to ask him to recuse himself from representing their interests in this particular matter. Further, Mr. Laxalt failed to provide any compelling explanation as to why he felt the need to override his own office’s advice to the Board not to intervene in the private suit.
Nevada sets the gold standard in gaming regulation, and the Legislature is responsible for ensuring that the integrity of the state’s largest industry remains intact. Because of Mr. Laxalt’s actions, we remain convinced that we must take steps to provide independent counsel to the Board and pass Assembly Bill 513.”