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Preventing Juvenile Inmate Abuses Up For Legislative Vote

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The first bill aimed at preventing inmate abuses at the state's juvenile prisons is up for a vote at the Capitol.

The Assembly is expected to give final legislative approval  to adding juvenile prison employees to the list of those required to report child abuse to law enforcement. The bill comes as the federal government investigates alleged inmate abuses by guards at the Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile institutions in Lincoln County.

Also, the Assembly is scheduled to vote on making people take drug tests to obtain or keep spots in several state work programs. The lower house also plans to vote on bills to tighten penalties for convicted drunk drivers who get out of using ignition interlocks before starting their vehicles -- and letting small robot delivery carts use sidewalks and street crossing to deliver things like groceries.

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