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'More Cops' sales tax bill passes final key vote

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A sign marking the building where the Nevada Legislature meets is see in this Feb. 3, 2015, image. (Justin Grant/FOX5) A sign marking the building where the Nevada Legislature meets is see in this Feb. 3, 2015, image. (Justin Grant/FOX5)
CARSON CITY, NV (FOX5) -

 A bill clearing the way for a sales tax increase to fund more than 300 police hires has unanimously passed its final major vote.   

State senators voted 21-0 on Thursday to approve Assembly Bill 1. The bill already passed the Assembly in a 35-7 vote and heads to the governor for a signature.   

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

The $39 million the tax hike is expected to raise each year would go southern Nevada police forces based on permanent and visitor populations. Assembly opponents said they feared the sales tax is creeping up and burdening the poor, and raised concerns that the money was too targeted to patrol officers and not highway patrol or back-office police employees.

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