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Lawmakers Face Deadline With Minimum Wage Bills In Balance

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Lawmakers are planning for a jam-packed week of hearings and committee votes as they approach their first strict deadline.

The Democratic-controlled statehouse must move all bills through committees by the end of Friday or put them out of contention.

Several top issues have yet to be added to the Legislature's schedule and are on the verge of dying, including raising the minimum wage and banning plastic grocery bags.

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Some proposals are being held up in political spats, while others fell off busy lawmakers' radar weeks ago.

Other bills under consideration, according to the Nevada Appeal, are a bill to address drug possession and trafficking, a bill to abolish the Achievement School Districts program, and a bill putting limits on brew pubs. 

There is also a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill patients who wish to end their own lives. If passed, the law would protect physicians from legal consequences.