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Officials OK Panel To Study Strip Clean-Up

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials want a committee to brainstorm how to handle an abundance of costumed street performers and vendors on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Clark County Commission on Tuesday agreed to create a working group that will spend 30 to 60 days developing a Strip clean-up plan. It will likely include police, health, and business representatives.

County residents tell commissioners drug addicts and transients buy cheap costumes and wear them to panhandle and hassle tourists.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/n8sRWy ) a woman who dresses as a “Transformers” character says the county should screen out sex offenders by requiring permits for performers.

A man who impersonates a police officer from the 1970s TV series “CHiPs” says the proposed permits should be affordable, to help people who need the job to survive.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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