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Democrat Denis To Step Down

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas Democratic State Sen. Mo Denis is leaving his job as a computer technician for the Public Utilities Commission amid a lawsuit charging his roles as a state employee and state lawmaker pose a conflict of interest.

Denis says he’s found an information technology job in the private sector and will end his state work Dec. 28, although he says the choice was about having a more flexible schedule and had nothing to do with the suit.

Conservative think tank Nevada Policy Research Institute filed a lawsuit last month claiming Denis was violating the separation of powers clause of the Nevada Constitution.

Denis’ resignation could potentially nullify the lawsuit.

Other lawmakers are public employees, but Denis was the only one with a clear state government job.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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