Committees for both chambers of the Nevada Legislature will discuss a bill on Wednesday that would provide the Gaming Control Board with its own independent counsel, amid corruption claims levied against the state’s attorney general.
Chairs Maggie Carlton and Joyce Woodhouse released the following statement after announcing a joint Assembly Ways and Means and Senate Finance committee hearing on AB513:
Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s attempt to pressure the Nevada Gaming Control Board to interfere in a private civil lawsuit involving a gaming licensee, with whom he has longstanding connections, is unsettling. Records obtained by legislative subpoena suggest that the Attorney General has created a conflict of interest and that he should not continue to serve as counsel to the Gaming Control Board.
We are hopeful that both the Chairman of the Gaming Control Board and Attorney General Laxalt will be able to attend the hearing in order to ensure that we have a complete understanding of the situation as we attempt to resolve it.
AB513 will provide the Gaming Control Board with its own independent counsel, rather than representation through the attorney general’s office.
Democratic lawmakers last week called for hearings regarding Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett’s sworn affidavit that Laxalt’s meeting with a donor and subsequent legal advice might have amounted to corruption.
Federal authorities had previously dismissed questions of corruption.
The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17.