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Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – June 12, 2020

Government Affairs Daily Update

June 12, 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 as they become available on our website and through additional e-mail correspondence. Please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.

Nevada Primary Election Updates

Nevada Primary Numbers – Primary election results continued to trickle in Friday, with more expected to come in over the weekend and through next week. Results are to be announced around June 19. Numbers released by the Secretary of State’s office Friday show that 482,961 individuals voted during Nevada’s 2020 primary, with 477,236 voting by mail and 5,725 voting in person, the vast majority Republicans. That turnout is 29.7-percent of total active voters, a major difference in turnout compared to the last two primaries, when 22.9-percent showed up in 2018 and 18.5-percent showed up in 2016.

For more election results, visit the McDonald Carano election page.

State and Local COVID-19 Developments

IFC Approves Plans from Governor’s Finance Office – The Interim Finance Committee (IFC) met Friday to hear an update from representatives of the Economic Forum and the Governor’s Finance Office regarding the state’s fiscal status and plans to address the $812-million shortfall in the state’s budget. Director of the Governor’s Finance Office Susan Brown provided an overview of proposed cuts in agency budgets that will provide a total of more than $88-million in relief to account for decreased revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic. The adjustments account solely for fiscal year 2020 and still leaves an approximate $50-million gap in the budget. Governor Steve Sisolak’s Administration has yet to announce how it plans to address budgetary shortfalls for FY 2021, which begins on July 1, 2020. The committee approved the action to move forward with the Governor’s Finance Office plans on a 15-7 party-line vote. Republicans on the committee voiced concerns for approving the measure without a complete understanding of what future actions may be necessary as well. IFC is set to meet again June 25. The agenda for that meeting has not been released.

Nevada to Receive CARES Funding for Local Governments – Governor Steve Sisolak announced Thursday the distribution of $148-million in CARES Act funds to local governments in Nevada to help with unanticipated expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will help cities and counties recuperate expenses already incurred due to the pandemic and will help pay for eligible expenses going forward. The distribution of the funds is for counties and cities in Nevada that have populations of less than 500,000, meaning all local governments with the exception of Clark County and the City of Las Vegas, who received direct funding from the federal government as they have populations that exceed 500,000. Through this allocation of money, the following counties and unincorporated cities in Nevada will receive the following:

  • Churchill County: $2,970,142
  • Fallon: $1,578,755
  • Douglas County: $8,931,061
  • Elko County: $4,478,588
  • Carlin: $415,827
  • Elko: $3,734,957
  • Wells: $228,641
  • West Wendover: $780,338
  • Esmeralda County: $159,428
  • Eureka County: $370,537
  • Humboldt County: $1,657,647
  • Winnemucca: $1,416,040
  • Lander County: $1,010,257
  • Lincoln County: $750,023
  • Caliente: $196,500
  • Lyon County: $5,988,678
  • Fernley: $3,921,960
  • Yerington: $591,873
  • Mineral County: $822,706
  • Nye County: $8,496,509
  • Pershing County: $894,293
  • Lovelock: $333,830
  • Storey County: $752,945
  • White Pine: $1,020,301
  • Ely: $729,204

Parents Prefer Full Time, In-Person Instruction – A recent survey conducted by the Clark County School District (CCSD) shows that parents, students and staff support the return of full time in-person education for the 2020-2021 school year, versus other options such as a blended school day or more distance learning. A blended school day would see students split their time between the classroom and home. The results are based on more than 94,000 responses and show that safety and social distancing measures, such as enhanced cleaning, is a priority for all groups. While school staff show more willingness to adopt a blended learning model, this drew mixed responses from parents. The district must submit a plan with their final recommendations for the upcoming school year no later than 20 days before the start of anticipated school opening date. The plans must be approved by the Nevada Department of Education.

Building Safety as Reopening Begins – The Las Vegas Chamber and Arizona Chamber of Commerce held a conference call with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday to review the EPA Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Spaces. The EPA and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently released guidelines for properly cleaning and disinfecting spaces for facility operators and family, which can be found here. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EPA had 40 approved cleaning agents that kill bacteria, which took three to four months to approve. There are now over 400 products that have been approved between just three to four weeks. While not specific to the spread of COVID-19, the emphasis of maintaining or restoring water in buildings that have been used rarely or not at all during the COVID-19 pandemic is a potential health risk as businesses and schools reopen. Information on proactive steps to protect public health can be found here.

COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada

These numbers are accurate as of 3:00 p.m. Friday, June 12

  • There are 10,679 positive cases in Nevada
    • This number is up 206 cases from Thursday
  • Nevada has reported 462 fatalities from the coronavirus
    • This number is up three (3) cases from Thursday
  • 229,273 people have been tested
  • Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada

National COVID-19 Developments

Numerous States Report New Case Increases – Two of the nation’s most populous states, Texas and Florida, reported their highest daily COVID-19 totals of new infections this week, a sign that some states may be moving too quickly to ease social distancing restrictions. Additionally, California hit a new daily high last week and continued to record nearly the same numbers this week. Texas, which was one of the first states to move to reopening its economy, has been reporting the highest daily totals yet, including in large counties that that are home to Houston and Dallas. While officials have noted that the increase of testing may attribute to the rise in cases, some believe that the state is “blowing through phases,” with officials in Houston announcing Thursday that they are “close to” reissuing stay-at-home orders. Nationally, 21 states are seeing a jump in hospitalizations and cases since Memorial Day including two of Nevada’s neighbors, Arizona and Utah, which posted record case highs this week.

Republican National Convention – The Republican National Convention will take place from August 24-27, with a change in venue. Originally slated to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, the convention has been moved to Jacksonville, Florida, after President Donald Trump demanded to hold the event at a venue that does not uphold social distancing rules, something that officials in North Carolina would not allow. The Jacksonville arena holds 15,000 people.


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