CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A legislative panel has approved dozens of regulations — many of which were necessary to implement new laws taking effect Jan. 1 — and debated into the evening election rules sought by the secretary of state before approving the measures in a partisan, 4-2 vote. Some Republicans argued that the voting rules proposed by Democratic Secretary of State Ross Miller would undermine the integrity of Nevada elections and invite voter fraud — claims state election officials say are baseless.

One of 32 new Nevada laws that take effect tomorrow includes new fines for driving while texting or talking on a hand-held device. The state’s cellphone ban took effect Oct. 1, but until now authorities haven’t issued tickets. Nevadans were given a three-month grace period to get used to the idea.

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