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Coronavirus | Legislature

Elections, mining taxes, and civil liability; everything that passed in the Legislature’s special session

The session comes after lawmakers convened for 12 days in July to rework a state budget pummelled by the pandemic. Sponsors of the bills in the latest session argued that they addressed issues too pressing to wait for the regular session set to start in February, although the results didn’t satisfy everyone — Republican Sen. Ira Hansen called the unemployment bill “window dressing” on a massive problem of delays in benefit payouts.


Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Special session draws to a close as lawmakers pass COVID liability bill exempting hospitals, schools

Members of the Assembly, after a five-hour hearing Wednesday night, voted 31-10 to grant final approval to SB4, the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session. It mandates certain health and safety protections for hospitality workers, in addition to granting broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols.

Coronavirus | Legislature

Nevada’s urban health districts not ‘engaged at all’ on bill mandating regular inspections of hotels for COVID-19 protocol compliance

August 5th, 2020 - 12:40pm
Updated August 5th, 2020 - 5:15pm
The Washoe County Health District was not consulted on a bill that will newly require health districts in the state’s two urban counties to conduct regular inspections and enforcement of COVID-19 health protocols at hotels, District Health Officer Kevin Dick said Wednesday.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Senate approves COVID-19 liability protections legislation that excludes hospitals, schools

August 5th, 2020 - 12:38pm
Updated August 5th, 2020 - 4:56pm
The bill, which is expected to be the last major piece of legislation to advance in the special session, gives broad liability protections to nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state so long as they follow required local, state and federal health protocols. Under the legislation, health care facilities and, now, K-12 schools are exempt from those enhanced protections.


Coronavirus | Education | Legislature

School districts to be excluded from major COVID liability shield bill

August 5th, 2020 - 9:55am
The amendment, which was obtained by The Nevada Independent and is expected to be introduced and adopted in the Senate on Wednesday, will specifically exclude public and charter schools from the enhanced litigation shield created as part of SB4, which otherwise covers nearly all businesses, governmental bodies and nonprofit groups in the state.

Coronavirus | Criminal Justice | Legislature

Contentious COVID business liability, worker protection bill advances in Senate in early morning vote

August 4th, 2020 - 2:46am
The bill, which is likely to be the last piece of legislation introduced during the special session, cleared the Senate Committee of the Whole early Tuesday morning, 18-3, with Republican Sens. Ira Hansen, Joe Hardy and Pete Goicoechea in opposition. The legislation, SB4, has dominated the behind-the-scenes conversations during the session and is the culmination of a deal between some of the state’s most powerful political interests, including casinos, business groups and the Culinary Union.


Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Hospitals, health care facilities cry foul at exclusion from proposed COVID liability bill

August 3rd, 2020 - 12:20pm
That exemption — which includes hospitals, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities, hospice care, skilled nursing facilities and emergency medical care centers — has drawn a sharp rebuke from the Nevada Hospital Association and other health care providers, who say it would prohibit them from transferring patients between facilities or prohibit visitors from coming to visit patients.

Coronavirus | Economy & Business | Legislature

Proposal would grant businesses legal immunity from COVID lawsuits if they comply with health standards

August 2nd, 2020 - 1:14am
The bill language, which was obtained by The Nevada Independent and first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, outlines litigation protections from COVID-19 related liability for governmental entities, schools, nonprofits and major businesses if they meet “controlling health standards” outlined in the bill.







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