Nevada lawmakers fight Vegas 'blacklist'

Nevada lawmakers fight Vegas 'blacklist'

By Blake McCoy. CREATED Apr 25, 2012

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Shelley Berkley and Dean Heller don't agreed on much in their tough U.S. Senate race, but they're uniting to end blacklisting by the federal government of convention cities in Nevada.

Berkley on Wednesday said she'll introduce a bill to ensure that Las Vegas and Reno remain options for government conferences. The move is an attempt combat recent backlash over a 2010 Las Vegas conference by the Government Services Administration that has come to signify excessive government waste.

Heller says he'll join Berkley in the effort.

Berkley is a seven-term Democratic congresswoman from Las Vegas. She is running against Heller for Nevada's U.S. Senate seat.

Heller is a Republican who was in his third term in the House when he was appointed last year to the Senate by Gov. Brian Sandoval.