Nevada arena initiative's signature gathering questioned in lawsuit

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December 20, 2010

CARSON CITY, Nevada: For the second time this fall, the Nevada Harrah's sports arena initiative has come under the fire of a filed lawsuit. This time, the signature gathering process of the initiative is being scrutinized. On December 15, 2010 the Taxpayers for the Protection of Nevada Jobs filed the lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court alleging that there had been fraud and misconduct in the gathering of petition signatures. Specifically, the lawsuit aims to invalidate the collected signatures.[1]

According to reports, the challenge argues that the petition circulation process was tainted by fraudulent behavior by engaging in the use of false advertisements. For example, the lawsuit points to the use of pervasive lies about the details of the initiative (including the location of the proposed arena) and false statements about who circulated the petitions and obtained the signatures. A hearing date has not been scheduled.[1]

The measure, which was proposed to allow a 20,000-seat sports arena on the Las Vegas Strip, had a previous lawsuit filed against it by the same organization. They argued that the proposed initiative violated the "single-subject rule" and thus the petition should be declared invalid. However, the judge ruled that the organization's lawyer Scott Scherer did not prove a violation of the "single-subject rule."[2]

The initiative is being proposed for the November 2012 general election ballot and would impose a 0.9 cent sales tax in a taxing district near the proposed arena. The revenue would finance bonds to construct the arena.[3]

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