Vote set for August 3

Las Vegas City's bill seeks to establish night curfew for those under 21 in downtown area

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The Las Vegas City Council is set to vote on a bill that would establish a curfew for those under 21 in downtown Las Vegas. The bill was first introduced at the council meeting on Wednesday and the vote will be held on August 3. The measure comes after a series of shootings in the area where underage citizens were involved.

If approved, the curfew would apply to the area [bounded by Ogden on the north, 8th on the east, Carson on the south, and Main on the west]," the city announced. Only those aged 21 and over would be allowed in the area between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

This area includes the Fremont Street Experience, in which there is already a curfew in place for unaccompanied people under 18 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Sunday through Thursday, as reported by KLAS.

The bill comes following a series of shootings in the area, including a deadly shooting that took place on June 19, in which a 16-year-old was taken into custody for the murder of 23-year-old Raymond Renova. According to police, the teen, Ruben Robles, got into an argument with Renova before shooting him and injuring a bystander near Fremont Street and Casino Center Drive.

Just over two weeks after that shooting, another man was shot following an argument on July 4 at the Fremont Street Experience, according to police. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, no arrests were made.

The day after that shooting, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman tweeted "Our city marshals have committed to an increased law enforcement presence. Our city attorney will prosecute violators to the fullest, and we’re exploring a curfew for those under 21".

The bill was introduced at a city council meeting Wednesday. It will be heard by the Recommending Committee on August 1 before the public hearing on August 3 when the vote will be held.

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