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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a measure that would offer more relief to victims of pay discrimination.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson presented SB167 to the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

The measure includes provisions allowing for up to three years of back pay and prohibiting employers from punishing workers who ask about wages.

Roberson said the bill didn't change discrimination case standards but that it would give workers more time to file a complaint and more relief. It originally allowed the state's equal rights commission to levy fines against employers who discriminate, but the provision was amended out.

The measure passed unanimously out of the Senate in April, after Democrats proposed several failed amendments adding more regulatory powers to the bill.

The committee took no action on the bill.

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