Issue 13 | April 16, 2021
Number of Days Until Legislative Session Ends: 52
In this issue:
  • COVID-19 Reopening Plan Updates
  • Legislative Bill Updates
  • Washington, D.C. Fly-In 2021
  • Recover. Rebuild. Reinvent Nevada Together: BizPAC
COVID-19 Reopening Plan Updates
Governor Sisolak announced Wednesday that with the May 1 deadline approaching to transfer authority to county governments on most COVID-19 related restrictions, June 1 would be the goal date for reopening businesses statewide at 100% capacity. Additionally, statewide mandates on social distancing will expire on May 1, leaving county officials to determine social distancing guidelines and capacity restrictions moving forward. The Governor did emphasize, however, that the statewide mask mandate would remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Clark County Commission Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick echoed the Governor’s June 1 goal, stating that “I think that we can absolutely get there as long as people continue to get vaccinated and get tested”. 

As of May 1, restrictions on capacity and social distancing will be set by County Commissioners across the state. Clark, as well as several other counties, is preparing updated guidelines and reopening plans, which will be released on Tuesday, April 20 at the regular meeting of the Clark County Commission. 

The Vegas Chamber is encouraging all employers and employees to schedule their vaccination shots as soon as possible. All Nevadans ages 16 and up are now eligible to receive their free vaccine. Members can schedule an appointment for their Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine through the Southern Nevada Health District at https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/
Legislative Bill Updates
Last Friday was the First Committee Passage Deadline, which requires bills that are not exempted to have passed first committee or they would no longer be considered for action by the State Legislature. The next important legislative deadline is First House Passage, which is Tuesday, April 20. This means that bills and resolutions that are not exempted and do not pass a floor vote by Tuesday will not be considered for future action.

As a result of the upcoming bill deadline, the majority of legislative action this week was Floor Sessions by the Assembly and Senate. There were only a few committee hearings this week. 

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 Chamber supports AB 12 as a government efficiency measure.
Primary Bill Sponsor: Assembly Committee on Growth and Infrastructure
Position: Support
Washington, D.C. Fly-In 2021
Monday, Sept. 20 - Thursday, Sept. 23
We look forward to welcoming back our guests to an in-person experience at our annual Washington D.C. Fly-In, in partnership with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, from Sept. 20-23.

This year, Chamber and LVGEA members will have the opportunity to attend the Washington, D.C. Fly-In in-person or virtually to interact with our federal policymakers from the comfort of their home or office. The Fly-In will offer a variety of meetings with decision-makers and policy experts throughout the week and receptions to build relationships and strengthen existing connections with Congressional leadership.
 
Whether it is online or in-person, we are ready to give you an overview of the app, events, and answer any questions you may have about the policy meetings during our Fly-In this year. Most importantly, this will be a great opportunity to get to know your fellow chamber members attending the Fly-In either in person or virtually.

Early Bird Pricing/Registration Fees: Now – Aug. 1, 2021
  • $1,495 In-person Policy Registration per person
  • $649 Virtual Policy Registration per person

Early Bird Spouse Program Registration Fees: Now – Aug. 1, 2021
  • $895 In-person Registration per person
  • This does not include any of the policy briefing, think-tank discussions or congressional meetings.
  • Virtual attendance is not available for the Spouse Program.

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

PROGRAM SPONSORS:
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. 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 are willing to stand against onerous bills that will hurt the business community.
 
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 702.245.8465, or click here to donate now.
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