Sec. § 0.025
Use of “may,” “must,” “shall” and “is entitled”; explanation of flush lines.


Except as otherwise expressly provided in a particular statute or required by the context:


“May” confers a right, privilege or power. The term “is entitled” confers a private right.


“May not” or “no * * * may” abridges or removes a right, privilege or power.


“Must” expresses a requirement when:


The subject is a thing, whether the verb is active or passive.


The subject is a natural person and:
(I) The verb is in the passive voice; or
(II) Only a condition precedent and not a duty is imposed.


“Shall” imposes a duty to act.


“Shall be deemed” or “shall be considered” creates a legal fiction.


“Shall not” imposes a prohibition against acting.


Except as otherwise required by the context, text of a statute that:


Follows subsections, paragraphs, subparagraphs or sub-subparagraphs that are introduced by a colon;


Is not designated as a separate subsection, paragraph, subparagraph or sub-subparagraph; and


Begins flush to the left margin rather than immediately following the material at the end of the final subsection, paragraph, subparagraph or sub-subparagraph,
Ê applies to the section as a whole, in the case of subsections, or to the subdivision preceding the colon as a whole rather than solely to the subdivision that the text follows. The symbol “Ê” in bills and in Nevada Revised Statutes indicates the beginning of such text.

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