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Jun 13, 2011 11:31 AM by Matt Stafford

High court upholds Nevada ethics law

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has upheld a Nevada ethics law that governs when lawmakers should refrain from voting on official business because they might have a conflict of interest.

The court ruled unanimously Monday in upholding the application of the law against a city council member who voted on a casino project near Reno even though his campaign manager served as a project consultant.

The Nevada Supreme Court had struck down the law, saying it violated the council member's free speech rights.

The ethics law lays out various relationships that should disqualify an official from voting, including the official's relatives and business associates.

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