Issue 6 | Feb. 26, 2021
Number of Days Until Legislative Session Ends: 94
In this issue:
  • Vegas Chamber’s 2021 Legislative Mission
  • Legislative Committee Agendas
  • Legislative Bill Updates
  • 120 Day Legislative Calendar Deadlines
  • How to Testify
  • Legislative Resources Available to Members
  • Vegas Chamber Virtual Legislative Day
  • Recover. Rebuild. Reinvent Nevada Together: BizPAC
Vegas Chamber's 2021 Legislative Mission
The Vegas Chamber recently released its legislative mission and priorities for the legislative session entitled Recover. Rebuild. Reinvent Nevada Together. At the Vegas Chamber, we believe one thing that has not changed is when we as Nevadans are faced with challenges, we can come together to address adversity. When we say we are at a crossroads, we have the option of either working together and building a stronger future or letting our differences divide us and paralyze our economic recovery. Our legislative guiding principles are
 
  • Committed to preserving a business climate where all employers, employees, and entrepreneurs can succeed and thrive;
  • Advocate and pursue public policies that will foster economic development, growth and job creation; and
  • Believe in policy priorities that will promote entrepreneurship and innovation, support small business success, and spur job creation as part of our economic recovery for all Nevadans.
 
To learn more about the Chamber’s legislative mission, click here.
Legislative Committee Agendas
Check out the legislative committee agendas for the upcoming week here.
Legislative Bill Updates
Assembly Bill 12
Revises provisions relating to the Department of Transportation.
Legislative Summary: AB 12 revises job experience requirements for some of the Deputy Director positions within the Department of Transportation (DOT). By changing these positions from classified to unclassified employees and adjusting the work experience requirements, the DOT will be able to more efficiently identify and promote internal candidates for future vacancies.
 
The Vegas Chamber supports AB 12 as a government efficiency measure.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure
Position: Support
 
Assembly Bill 54
Creates the Advisory Committee on Traffic Safety within the Department of Transportation.
Legislative Summary: AB 54 authorizes the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish a committee on traffic safety, the purpose of which is to coordinate with regional transportation entities to gather information and suggest policy to enhance public safety. With the enabling language in AB 54, the DOT would be able to assemble commissions, working groups and task forces as necessary to review, study and make recommendations on reducing deaths and injuries relating to traffic accidents.
 
The Vegas Chamber supports AB 54 as a measure to reduce traffic fatalities in Clark County and Southern Nevada specifically, and Nevada generally.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure
Position: Support
 
Assembly Bill 61
Revises provisions relating to trade practices.
Summary: AB 61 revises and expands the authority of Nevada’s Attorney General regarding deceptive trade practices during a declared emergency or natural disaster. Specifically, to the issue of price gouging for consumer goods and services. Section 1 increases the punishment for such action to a category C felony and provides for a maximum civil penalty of $10,000. It also defines what constitutes a deceptive trade practice. Section 3 defines the types of goods and services as consumer goods and services used, bought, or rendered primarily for personal, family or household purposes. It also includes medical supplies and services used for the care, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of any illness or disease. It also includes services related to the repair or reconstruction of the property.
 
While the Chamber does not support fraudulent practices or related activities the Chamber is opposed to this bill as originally drafted because of the broadness of definitions as it relates to deceptive trade practices, goods and services. The Chamber is also concerned about the fines and penalties structures that were proposed, privacy issues, the statute of limitations and unintended consequences that may occur.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor
Position: Oppose
 
Assembly Bill 65
Revises provisions relating to ethics in government.
Legislative Summary: AB 65 addresses the powers of oversight held by the Commission on Ethics, the body which enforces Nevada Ethics Law for elected officials and public employees. AB 65 provides broader opportunities for the Commission to issue opinions and guidance to elected officials and public employees who request it, along with clarifications on the subpoena and investigatory powers of the Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission.
 
The Vegas Chamber supports AB 65 as a measure for accountability for elected officials and public employees.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections
Position: Support
 
Assembly Bill 68
Revises various provisions relating to education.
Legislative Summary: AB 68 provides clarifying language relating to the State Public Charter School Authority. As per Section 1, State Public Charter School Authority will increase the timeline to consider an application from 60 days to 120 days after receiving the application. Section 4, subsection 6, would consent Charter schools to remain financially viable by allowing the charter schools to eliminate the grade levels or campuses that received the lowest ratings possible. The ratings indicate an underperformance of the charter school and will result in termination of charter contract, restarting the charter school under a new charter contract, eliminating a specific grade level, or eliminating a particular campus. The Vegas Chamber believes this bill continually supports student achievements and the well-being of the Nevada education system.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Education
Position: Support
 
Assembly Bill 69
Revises provisions governing economic development.
Legislative Summary: AB 69 revises the composition of the Board of Economic Development by adding the Director of the Department of Business and Industry as a non-voting member to the Board. Section 2 of the bill clarifies that quorum for a meeting is based solely on the voting members of the Board. Section 3 renames the Division of Motion Pictures to the Nevada Film Office. Section 4 pertains to the appointment of the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of the Economic Development (GOED) by clarifying that a maximum of three names may be submitted for consideration.
 
The Chamber supports this bill because of its intent to improve the governance structure and provides clarity to several processes within GOED.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Revenue
Position: Support
 
Assembly Bill 81
Revises certain provisions governing voluntary health care services.
Legislative Summary: AB 81 would make changes to current law allowing medical professionals who have not practiced for three consecutive years to volunteer their services after receiving a sponsorship by a qualified organization. Volunteers often include recently graduated medical students and doctors from out of state who are licensed to practice. Addressing the doctor shortage is a priority of the Vegas Chamber as well as the Southern Nevada Forum, and this bill assists in providing services to our medically underrepresented communities.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assemblyman Gregory Hafen II
Position: Support
 
Senate Bill 27
Revises various provisions relating to education.
Legislative Summary: SB 27 provides several small-scale changes relating to K-12 education in the State of Nevada. One of these changes is the codification in law of procedures for spending on classroom materials by teachers. This provision allows local school districts to provide money directly to teachers to make their purchases under certain circumstances rather than requiring teachers to pay for materials and later seek reimbursement. Additionally, SB 27 provides support to higher educational institutions with programs for Teaching and Educator Preparation, making grant dollars from the Nevada System of Higher Education more easily accessible.
 
This bill originated from the Southern Nevada Forum’s Committee on Education and addresses the priority of expanding the teacher pipeline and supporting teacher retention. As a Southern Nevada Forum priority bill, the Vegas Chamber is in support.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Senate Committee on Education
Position: Support
 
Senate Bill 66
Creates a Commission increasing student connectivity.
Legislative Summary: SB 66 will ensure students have access to computers and connectivity, reducing the digital divide in Nevada. SB 66 was rewritten in an amendment by the bill’s sponsor. Rather than creating the commission outlined in section 2, responsibilities of ensuring students have access to computers and internet connectivity would fall on the Nevada Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT). Another change from the original language changes the focus from K-16 to K-12.
 
The Chamber is in favor of the original K-16 language, as it would bring Nevada’s education system forward comprehensively. 
Primary Bill Sponsor: Senate Committee on Education
Position: Support
 
Senate Bill 95
Revises provisions relating to business entities.
Legislative Summary: SB 95 revises provisions to state law pertaining to business entities. Section 2 of the bill moves the definition of “publicly traded corporation” in NRS Chapter 78 to the front of the chapter. Sections 11 and 14 clarifies the ability to hold a stockholder meeting, by only virtual means, the fixing of the record date, and certain notice requirements for publicly traded corporations. Sections 32 and 35 updates the use of domestic corporation versus publicly traded corporation and require a corporation to remain publicly traded.
 
The Vegas Chamber supports SB 95 as it provides greater clarification, confirming changes and modernization as it relates to business law. These proposed changes will also allow Nevada to remain competitive with other states such as Delaware.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Senator James Ohrenschall
Position: Support
120 Day Legislative Calendar Deadlines
The Nevada Legislative Session is constitutionally mandated to convene for 120 days, beginning in the February of every other year. While much of the day-to-day schedule during this 120-day period is at the discretion of Senate and Assembly leadership, certain deadlines are built into every legislative calendar. While the entire 120-day calendar is available online, we have included several key deadlines below.
 
  • Monday, March 15, 2021 - Legislators' Bill Introductions
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 - Joint Standing Rule No. 14 and Other Remaining Bill Introductions
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - Start Closing Budgets
  • Friday, April 09, 2021 - Committee Passage (First House)
  • Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - First House Passage
  • Monday, May 03, 2021 - Start Resolving Budget Differences
  • Tuesday, May 04, 2021 - Economic Forum Report Due
  • Friday, May 14, 2021 - Committee Passage (Second House)
  • Saturday, May 15, 2021 - Finish Budget Differences
  • Friday, May 21, 2021 - Second House Passage
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - Budget Bills Introduced Exempt Bills from Committee
  • Monday, May 31, 2021 - Sine die
How to Testify
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nevada State Legislature has limited physical access to the legislative building and committee rooms until further notice. To accommodate public participation, the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) has worked in coordination with committee chairs to facilitate remote testimony and public comment.
 
Detailed instructions on how to watch committee hearings, offer testimony or register an opinion without testifying can all be found here.
Legislative Resources Available to Members
During the Legislative Session, Vegas Chamber will once again offer several important communication tools for members to stay informed and be engaged in the legislative process.

CHECK YOUR INBOX. Each Friday, “The Rundown” will give the latest breakdown of which bills the Vegas Chamber has been engaged with during the week at the legislature, how we testified, and how you can support the Chamber in its efforts.
 
BECOME A CHAMBER ADVOCATE. Get engaged with the Chamber Advocate program. Becoming a Chamber Advocate helps the Vegas Chamber tell your story. We want to make sure that legislators know exactly who will be affected by their decisions, and your input is essential to this process. Help the Vegas Chamber advocate more effectively on your behalf, as we keep you informed and make sure your voice as Nevada’s job creators is heard loud and clear!
 
The Vegas Chamber will walk you through the process of writing and calling legislators, as well as provide you with talking points if you want to post to social media or even testify on bills during legislative committee meetings. We will make it easy for you to get involved as we are here to advocate on your behalf. Your stories make the costs and benefits of proposed legislation real to legislators, so help us make Southern Nevada the best place to do business. For more information about the Chamber Advocate program, please contact Dylan Keith at 702. 702.833.0081.
 
THE CARSON CITY CALL, a monthly webinar with Vegas Chamber’s government affairs team, gives you insights and information live from the legislature. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage with staff. The second Carson City Call for the legislative session will be on Tuesday, March 2 at 11 a.m. The call will take place the first Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m. during the legislative session. For more information about the call, please contact Dylan Keith at 702.833.0081.
 
ENGAGE IN THE PAUL CALL. For President’s Club and Advocacy members, the Paul Call is a biweekly conference call with Paul Moradkhan, the Vegas Chamber’s senior vice president of Government Affairs. Paul will discuss the issues important to you and your business. Hear the latest about what is happening in Carson City that could impact you. The next Paul Call for the legislative session will be on Thursday, March 4 at 11 a.m., and will take place every other Thursday at 11 a.m. For more information about the call, please contact Dylan Keith at 702.833.0081.
 
ANSWER THE CALLS TO ACTION. Be on the lookout for specific calls to action via Carson City Alerts. The Vegas Chamber will alert you, as a member, when a bill of particular importance to the business community will be heard. Please take the time to contact your legislators and let them know the impact a bill will have on your business, and that you stand with the Vegas Chamber and the business community. Alert your employees as well.
 
ENGAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA. The Vegas Chamber will post regularly about what is happening up at the legislature, so be sure to follow the Vegas Chamber on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to see the latest. Retweet the Chamber messages and consider posting your own social media posts and tagging the Chamber (@VegasChamber). 
 
CONTRIBUTE TO BIZPAC, the Vegas Chamber’s bipartisan political action committee. Hundreds of members, as well as Vegas Chamber staff, support this PAC to ensure the business community’s interests remain in front of our elected officials. Contributions help elect pro-prosperity candidates and ensure a business-friendly operating environment in Nevada. For more information on donating, visit VegasChamber.com/bizpac or contact Erica Valdriz at 702.245.8465.
 
CONTACT THE VEGAS CHAMBER’S GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS TEAM. The Vegas Chamber employs the largest government affairs professional staff for a Chamber in Nevada. The Chamber also works with Jim Wadhams and Jesse Wadhams with Black & Wadhams, who are regarded for their extensive legal expertise, knowledge of policy policies and state legislative process. This team is dedicated to ensuring that state legislators hear from Nevada’s employers and employees. Contact them with any questions that you have may for the legislative session.
 
Paul Moradkhan
Senior Vice President of Government Affairs
Cell: 702.810.9124
 
David Dazlich
Director of Government Affairs
Cell: 702.205.7232
 
Erica Valdriz
Government Affairs Fundraising Coordinator
Cell: 702.245.8465
 
Dylan Keith
Government Affairs Analyst
Cell: 702.833.0081
Vegas Chamber Virtual Legislative Day
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The Vegas Chamber will be hosting its Biennial Legislative Day on April 6, 2021. Due to the State Legislative Building being closed as a COVID-19 measure, this event will be held virtually.

As leaders of the Vegas Chamber, we hope that you will be able to join us virtually to advocate on behalf of Nevada's business community. Attendees will meet with constitutional officers, legislative leadership and legislators.

If you have any questions or need any additional information regarding the virtual legislative day, please contact Erica Valdriz at evaldriz@vegaschamber.com or call 702.245.8465.

Click here to view highlights from the 2019 Legislative Day

NOTE: This event is open to President's Club members, Advocacy Impact members, Board of Trustees, and Government Affairs Committee members.
Recover. Rebuild. Reinvent Nevada Together: BizPAC
Recover. Rebuild. Reinvent Nevada Together is BizPAC’s campaign to ensure that the business community’s needs are well represented in the 2021 Legislative Session and beyond. By contributing through the Recover. Rebuild. Reinvent Nevada Together initiative, you are helping to ensure that the individuals serving in office support Nevada’s employers and employees. With your support of BizPAC, you are uniting with other business leaders in demonstrating to candidates for public office that the business community in Nevada is actively engaged in the political process and is willing to stand against legislation that will harm the employers, employees and entrepreneurs, as well as the overall economic climate.

Through BizPAC, a bipartisan political action committee, the Vegas Chamber:
  • Supports pro-economy policymakers
  • Works to protect laws that support the business community
  • Ensures your interests and concerns are kept in front of elected officials
  • Champions legislation that supports economic growth and job creation for the state
 
To learn more about contributing to BizPAC or sponsoring an upcoming event, please contact Erica Valdriz or at 702.245.8465, or click below to donate now.
Additional Resources
Mailing Address
Vegas Chamber
575 Symphony Park Ave., Ste. 100
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Contact Information
Phone: 702.641.5822
Fax: 702.735.0406
Information is subject to change