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Nevada Republicans Roll Out Legislative Priorities

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican lawmakers from the Nevada Assembly say educational opportunities and expanding mental health services are among their top priorities this legislative session.

Minority Floor Leader Jim Wheeler acknowledged the caucus' super minority status in the Assembly at a news conference Thursday, but says the lawmakers still represents between 800,000 and a million Nevada residents.

Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy described technical and on-site learning as vital and pointed to a bill in the works that would encourage employers to give work-based learning opportunities to students. She also highlighted a bill that would require schools to teach students about the Federalist Papers, government structure and the separation of powers.

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The news conference comes days after Democrats unveiled their legislative priorities, which included affordable health care, better schools and banning private prisons.