LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Policy Research Institute, a self-described libertarian think tank, has filed a lawsuit claiming that nine lawmakers shouldn’t be allowed to serve in the Nevada Legislature because they are public employees.

The lawsuit names Democratic leaders Speaker Jason Frierson and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro as well as Kasina Douglass-Boone, Heidi Seevers Gansert, Glen Leavitt, Brittney Miller, James Ohrenschall, Melanie Scheible and Selene Torres.

The suit maintains the Nevada Constitution calls for a separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial departments of government.

“NPRI files this Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the public interest to address the ongoing constitutional violations by Defendants, and each of them, for engaging in dual employment by simultaneously holding elected offices in the Nevada State Legislature and paid positions with Nevada State or local governments.”

Lawsuit filed by NPRI