Legislature OKs asking voters about dissolving City of Ely

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have approved a measure that would let voters in the tiny Nevada municipality of Ely to weigh in on possibly dissolving the city.

Assembly members voted 23-18 on Wednesday night to approve SB238. The measure unanimously passed the Senate in April and now goes to Gov. Brian Sandoval for approval.

The measure would create a non-binding 2017 advisory ballot question to break up the City of Ely and instead form a town that would be governed by White Pine County.

Supporters said the measure would save money by reducing duplicated government services. The measure was amended to become a non-binding advisory question after Ely city officials strongly opposed the measure.

Ely has a population of about 4,000 and lies in eastern Nevada.

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