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Bid To Rein In Downtown Las Vegas Performers Gets First Hearing

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A bid to limit performers in Las Vegas' downtown casino area could draw some colorful testimony during a first hearing before the City Council.

Immediate action isn't expected following an airing of opinions on Tuesday.

Councilmen Bob Coffin and Ricki Barlow introduced the measure July 29 as an effort to clean up the acts of tip-seeking buskers beneath the canopied Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall.

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Key provisions would require performers to obtain city permits and stay in performance zones.

Officials say they're worried that offending tourists discourages family visits to Sin City.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada helped draw up the proposal.

The city has already taken steps to limit people from drinking alcohol out of glass bottles and aluminum cans on the street.