CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill clearing the way for a sales tax increase to fund more than 300 police hires has passed its first key vote.

Lawmakers voted 35-7 on Thursday to approve Assembly Bill 1, with Democrats and Republicans among the opponents. The bill now heads to the Senate.

The measure authorizes the Clark County Commission to raise sales tax in the county by 0.1 percentage point.

The $39 million that the tax hike is expected to raise each year would go southern Nevada police forces based on permanent and visitor populations.

Opponents said they feared the sales tax is creeping up and burdening the poor, or raised concerns that the money was too targeted to patrol officers and not highway patrol or back-office police employees.


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