Special Session – Nevada Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – July 1, 2020
Government Affairs Daily Update
July 1, 2020
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State and Local COVID-19 Developments
Special Legislative Session Announced – Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday that he will likely call for a special session of the legislature to convene Wednesday, July 8. The Legislature will be charged with finding resources to fill the $1-billion plus deficit for fiscal year 2021. The official agenda has not been released, but it is anticipated that there may be additional issues considered, including criminal and social justice reform. Due to COVID-19 the actual start date will remain flexible and only lawmakers and essential staff will be allowed in the legislative building for special session which will be streamed live online.
Governor’s Response Plan for Businesses and Community – The Governor’s Office released Wednesday new details on the Nevada United: Roadmap to Recovery response plan that offers additional outreach for businesses and the community as well as updated plans for case investigation and contact tracing. The Department of Business and Industry’s Division of Industrial Relations (DIR), in coordination with OSHA, is tasked with increasing enforcement efforts on businesses, and will focus on identifying businesses that disregarding the Governor’s directives and industry guidelines. DIR will have two call-in lines available for the public to report businesses as well as offer support to local chambers of commerce. The state is also developing the COVID-19 Prevention Ambassador Program, which will focus on community-based outreach and education to encourage the public to take protective measures. As a part of the state’s effort to increase case investigation, the Nevada National Guard will deploy additional personnel to assist with staffing, and UNLV will hire 100 full-time positions to support the Southern Nevada Health District.
Bill Draft Requests Released – Bill draft requests (BDRs) for the 2021 legislative session were made public Wednesday with 106 early BDR filings covering issues related to health care, energy, occupational boards and more. By the beginning of the 81st legislative session on February 1, 2021, it is anticipated that more than 1,000 BDRs will be submitted. Legislators are allowed to submit the following number of BDRs:
- Incumbent members of the Assembly may request drafting of:
- No more than 4 legislative measures on or before August 1 preceding a regular session
- No more than 5 legislative measures after August 1 but on or before December 10 preceding a regular session
- No more than 1 legislative measure after a regular session has convened but on or before the eighth day of the regular session at 5 p.m.
- Incumbent members of the Senate may request drafting of:
- No more than 8 legislative measures on or before August 1 preceding a regular session
- No more than 10 legislative measures after August 1 but on or before December 10 preceding a regular session
- No more than 2 legislative measures after a regular session has convened but on or before the eighth day of the regular session at 5 p.m.
- Newly elected members of the Assembly may request drafting of:
- No more than 5 legislative measures on or before December 10 preceding a regular session
- No more than 1 legislative measure after a regular session has convened but on or before the eight day of the regular session at 5:00 p.m.
- Newly elected members of the Senate may request drafting of:
- No more than 10 legislative measures on or before December 10 preceding a regular session
- No more than 2 legislative measure after a regular session has convened but on or before the eight day of the regular session at 5:00 p.m.
In addition to legislator bill draft requests, committee chairs, standing committees, the Speaker of the Assembly and Majority Leader of the Senate, Minority Leaders of the Assembly and Senate, executive offices, and counties are also given a specific amount of BDRs.
COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada
These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 1
- There are 19,141 positive cases in Nevada
- This number is up 550 cases from Tuesday
- Nevada has reported 512 fatalities from the coronavirus
- This number is up five (5) cases from Tuesday
- 331,318 individuals have been tested for the virus
- This number is up 8,374 cases from Tuesday
- Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada
National COVID-19 Developments
California Counties Backtrack Openings – California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that 19 counties in the state will reverse business openings and will close bars, restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters, zoos, museums, and card rooms for at least three weeks. Additionally, parking lots at state beaches will be closed for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Establishments that have outdoor space, however, such as restaurant patios, are allowed to continue operating. Governor Newsom contributed the closures to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the state, and identified a number of counties with spiking numbers of new cases and hospitalizations. The 19 counties are Contra Costa, Santa Clara, Solano, Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Merced, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties and represent nearly three quarters of California’s population. California has a total of 58 counties.
Congress Extends PPP Loan Program – The United States Senate reached a last-minute deal Tuesday to extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) through August 8, allowing small businesses to continue receiving federal assistance through next month. The program, which is designed to help business owners keep employees on payroll for the duration of business closures, was set to expire Tuesday at midnight with over $130-billion in allocated funds still unused. Following its unanimous approval in the Senate, the legislation passed the House Wednesday morning. More than 4.8-million small businesses have utilized the program since its launch in mid-March. The extension of the program buys Congress additional time before needing to pass the next coronavirus relief package for small businesses.
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