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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Uniformed Las Vegas constables are suspending enforcement of a state law requiring new residents to promptly obtain in-state license plates.

Deputy Chief Las Vegas Constable Dean Lauer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal the office needs to determine the effect of a federal judge’s preliminary injunction barring the collection of a $100 fee from a Utah woman accused of failing to register her vehicle after 30 days.

The judge said Wednesday he’s troubled there’s no opportunity to challenge the collection process in state court.

The woman, Nicole McMillen, filed a lawsuit in May accusing the constable’s office of violating her constitutional rights.

Constable John Bonaventura and his office argue the fee is authorized by Nevada law that makes it a misdemeanor not to obtain Nevada license plates after 30 days.

 

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