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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 5, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 5, 2020

Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will provide daily updates, with additional resources available on our website.

Additionally, we will keep you informed of Nevada primary election results and updates through this platform.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

State Leaders Hold Press Conference to Address Racial Injustice and Protests – Governor Steve Sisolak and several state leaders held a press conference Friday to address systemic injustices facing the Black community as protests continue in Nevada and nationwide in response to the death of George Floyd. Governor Sisolak acknowledged the need to listen to and work with community leaders and lawmakers to implement changes that address racial injustice. Governor Sisolak was followed by Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson, who highlighted both his personal experience growing up with systemic racism as well as progress made during the 2019 session of the Nevada legislature in the criminal justice system, including requiring police de-escalation training. Assemblywoman Daniele Monroe-Moreno noted her experience as a former corrections officer and the unique firsthand exposure to racial injustice it allowed for, adding that George Floyd’s death served as a breaking point for many. Attorney General Aaron Ford echoed the sentiments, adding the need to improve relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The coalition of state leaders reinforced their commitment to bring justice to the black community while preserving the critical role of law enforcement. Both Governor Sisolak and Speaker Frierson declined to address specifics regarding a special session but noted that addressing the issue and holding the appropriate entities accountable will be an ongoing priority of the legislature.

Nevada Unemployment Number – In a report released by the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) Friday, initial claims of unemployment insurance (UI) totaled 11,337 for the week ending May 30, down by 4,270 claims, or 27.4-percent, compared to the week prior. This is the fifth consecutive week of declines in regular initial claims. Nevada has had 507,177 total initial unemployment claims for 2020, 485,525 of which have come in the last 12 weeks. For self-employed, 1099 contract workers, and other gig workers who filed for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, 18,700 claims were filed last week, a decline from the 37,566 totals the week prior. Nationally, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted regular initial claims for the week ending May 30 was 1,877,000, a decline of 249,000 from the previous week.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 5.

  • There are 9,302 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 191 cases from Thursday
  • Nevada has reported 436 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up seven (7) cases from Thursday
  • Over 166,000 people have been tested
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada.

National COVID-19 Developments

Job Numbers Increase Nationwide – Employers across the U.S. added 2.5 million jobs in May, an unexpected reversal to numbers previously seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The unemployment rate also fell slightly, from 14.7-percent in April to 13.3-percent in May. Based on the Labor Department’s May report, driving the market were employees who were able to take back restaurant jobs, health care employees and construction workers. Despite the relief, tens of millions of people remain out of work, and the unemployment rate remains higher than any previous post-war recession.

Stock Market Rallies Friday – Despite the nationwide high unemployment numbers, the surprisingly upbeat jobs report led the stock market to close higher than expectations Friday, a sign that investors see promise as the country continues to reopen. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 3.2-percent, the S&P 500 advanced 2.6-percent and the Nasdaq Composite climbed 2.1-percent, ending just shy of a closing high.

Nevada Primary Election Updates

Nevada Primary Numbers – As of Friday, of the 309,813 ballots cast during the early voting period of the 2020 Nevada primary, 43-percent are Democrat, 41-percent are Republican, and 16-percent are “other.” In total, 19.1-percent of voters across the state have either mailed in their primary ballot or voted in person, just 20,000 votes shy of 2016 primary turnout numbers. In recent years, the highest turnout percentage for a primary election occurred in both 2006 and 2010, when 30-percent of active voters cast their ballot. With four more days until the primary, the turnout could feasibly be close to those highs.

Of the ballots received so far, 6,136, or 2-percent, require a signature cure, which is needed if the voter either forgets to sign the ballot return envelope or if the voter’s signature on the ballot does not match the signature on file. Those who’s ballot was flagged for signature issues have up to June 16 to resolve the problem, meaning that final numbers could come more than a week after the primary. All ballots will be counted if they are postmarked by June 9 or returned at an in-person drop-off location by 7:00 p.m. on June 9. There will also be limited voting places for those who wish to vote in person.


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