The G3Wire- October 22, 2021

On Thursday, the Interim Finance Committee met and discussed several programs to allocate money in the state. They also discussed the use of federal relief funds, and heard an opinion from Bryan Fernley of LCB regarding how the funding may be allocated. At a previous IFC meeting, legislators were told that funds would have to be allocated by the full legislative body in a Special Session. LCB’s legal opinion stated otherwise, that the money may be allocated through IFC via the work program revision and approval process.  “SB459 authorizes the expenditure of the entire amount, and that amount is in the budget account 1327 (which was originally set up by the CARES Act), and it could be transferred to other budget accounts through the work program revision process,” Fernley said.

Legal opinion: Committee of 23 lawmakers can decide $2 billion of spending in federal relief funds (NV Independent)

The Legislative Commission also met this week, and announced the Chair and Vice-Chairs of the rest of the interim committees:

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Commerce and Labor

  • Chair: Jauregui
  • Vice-Chair: Spearman

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Education

  • Chair: Denis
  • Vice-Chair: Bilbray Axelrod

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Government Affairs

  • Chair: Dondero Loop
  • Vice-Chair: Flores

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Growth and Infrastructure

  • Chair: Monroe Moreno
  • Vice-Chair: Harris

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Health and Human Services

  • Chair: Peters
  • Vice-Chair: Donate

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Judiciary

  • Chair: Scheible
  • Vice-Chair: Nguyen

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Legislative Operations and Elections

  • Chair: B. Miller
  • Vice-Chair: Ohrenschall

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Natural Resources 

  • Chair: Watts
  • Vice-Chair: Donate

Joint Interim Standing Committee on Revenue

  • Chair: Neil
  • Vice-Chair: Cohen

Updates from the Governor’s Office

Governor Sisolak, Office of Economic Development announce $1 million statewide planning grant focused on Nevada’s economic recovery

Governor Sisolak, Treasurer Conine conclude successful Nevada Recovers Listening Tour

Federal Updates

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Support American Leadership in Innovation and Technology 

Cortez Masto Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Establish a National 6G Strategy to Improve Broadband Access

Rosen Helps Introduce Bill to Stop Public Land Giveaways

Rosen, Sasse, King Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Improve Cyber Preparedness for Critical Infrastructure

Rep. Titus Calls on Senate to Overrule Parliamentarian

Amodei Statement on Bannon Contempt Resolution

Congressman Horsford Joins Vice President Harris to Push for Climate Action through the Build Back Better Agenda

Agency and Local Government Updates

Nevada Health Response provides update on mask guidance

DETR- All Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Loans Repaid with No Interest Due

Attorney General Ford Announces Voter Fraud Charges

GOED-Rural Business Assistance Program Highlights Need In Rural Counties

Clark County Unveils Draft Master Plan As Part Of `Transform Clark County’ Effort

Articles of Interest

Former Judge Togliatti calls Gaming Commission chair ‘an interesting and new challenge’ (NV Independent)

Judge rules Clark County School District ‘substantially’ violated federal education disability law (NV Independent)

Want your DMV fee refund? Be prepared to drive to the DMV (LVRJ)

More than 2,500 proposals submitted for ways to spend $6.7 billion in ARP funds.(NV Current)

The Griffin Company announces new partner and the addition of former Governor’s advisor to firm

We are excited to announce that Piper Overstreet has been named a partner to the firm and Scott Gilles, the former senior advisor to Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, has joined the Griffin Company. 

Overstreet joined the Griffin Company in November 2020. She has more than 15 years’ experience in government affairs. Since joining the firm, she has played an essential role in many of the Griffin Company’s successes. She is an invaluable member of our firm family and will continue to serve as an integral part of our growth plan. 

Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Gilles served in multiple leadership roles in state and local government. He managed government affairs and legislative relations for the City of Reno beginning in 2015, and prior to that he served as the Deputy Secretary of State for Elections under then Secretary of State Ross Miller. Most recently, Gilles was an indispensable member of the Governor’s senior staff – advising the Governor on overall strategy including communications, policy matters, legislative efforts, and external and intergovernmental affairs. Gilles transitioned out of the Governor’s Office in July. Gilles holds a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law and is a licensed attorney in both Nevada and California. 

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