Governor opposes legal help for ex-official

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CARSON CITY, Nev.—Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons and Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto clashed Tuesday over legal assistance for the former head of the state Nuclear Projects Agency, who resigned after disclosures he gave himself and his staff unauthorized pay raises.Gibbons and Masto, both members of the state Board of Examiners, clashed during discussion of a board agenda item adding about $20,000 to a $10,000 contract with a private attorney representing Bob Loux before the state Ethics Commission. The agenda item finally was deferred.

Masto said state law requires the representation unless there’s a clear finding that Loux shouldn’t have it. Gibbons said he believes it’s already apparent that the legal assistance should be withdrawn.


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