How a North Las Vegas barbershop is changing the face of local culture
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BY TOM HANSON North Las, Nev.
— Bars and clubs have long been a fixture in the community, but they are now under threat from the state of Nevada.
In a move that will make for some uncomfortable memories, state lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for bars and clubs to apply for a variance allowing them to use public spaces.
The legislation would give local governments the ability to establish exceptions for bars or other small businesses that can show a need for extra space in public spaces such as playgrounds and park areas, parks, beaches and community centers, according to a news release from state Sen. Tom Maloney, D-Las Vegas.
The bill passed the Nevada Senate on Wednesday, but failed the Nevada Assembly on Thursday.
The state Assembly passed a similar measure last year but was unable to pass a budget.
The bills would not affect the ability of any local government in Nevada to ban the sale of alcohol.
The move to allow bars and other small business owners to apply to use a public space could also benefit the tourism industry, as it would allow bars to sell alcohol in public places such as libraries and recreation centers.
It would also allow for the expansion of the state’s “restaurant industry” to include more than 500 bars.
A local newspaper in North Las was among a group of publications that supported the legislation.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the bill would create a “sense of pride” for the city of North Las and its people.
The newspaper said the bills would help “protect and promote the quality of life of our communities.”
The Las Vegans, an online community of barbers, said the legislation is “a welcome change” and a way to make the community “more vibrant.”
A Facebook page for North Las barbers has received more than 3,000 likes and nearly 200 shares.
A spokeswoman for Maloney’s office said in an email that the governor supports local communities “in their efforts to create jobs, grow the economy, and preserve our public space” and has spoken with local leaders.
Maloney also said that the legislation was “part of the broader efforts to make Nevada a better place for everyone.”
A local group, The North Las Bandits, also supported the bill.
A similar bill passed in Utah in January, but the state Legislature had to reject it because of a budget crunch.
BY TOM HANSON North Las, Nev.— Bars and clubs have long been a fixture in the community, but they are…