Daily Update- June 22, 2020 Special Session Pushed, Sisolak and Pence Chat, PPC

Today, Governor Sisolak announced that the pending Special Session would be delayed until the beginning of FY 2021. There had been previous information that the Special Session would likely occur before the end of FY 2020, which is June 30th. The full press release can be found HERE.

Governor Sisolak spoke directly to Vice President Mike Pence today on a COVID-19 taskforce call with other governors about comments made by President Trump over the weekend, where the President said he told his “people” to “slow the testing down” for the deadly virus. 

The following is a transcript from the Governor’s remarks on the call:  

“The President’s comments on Saturday night as related to his order to slow down the testing is certainly not helpful. We are doing everything we can in Nevada to increase our testing, to increase the availability of the testing and our cases have gone up, it’s not solely a result of more testing, it’s also a result of people not wearing masks and not following the social protocols. So if we could all get on the same page and get a commitment that there is not a federal mandate to slow down testing I think it would be extremely helpful.

The Patient Protection Commission also met today. The focus of the agenda was on the state of telehealth in Nevada, and how COVID-19 has brought new opportunities.  Reaching the rural areas is still a challenge, but moving forward, telehealth is a real option to reach more people. There was some discussion regarding payment parity with in-person visits, and this is an issue that will likely see more discussion and possibly a BDR for the upcoming session. Today’s meeting and more information on the PPC can be found HERE.  

Federal Updates

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Cortez Masto, Colleagues Demand Trump Administration Reverse Policies Targeting Asylum Seekers

Rosen, Cortez Masto Urge Trump to Protect Young Immigrants Eligible for DACA Following Landmark SCOTUS Decision Rejecting its Repeal

Rosen Co-Sponsors NO HATE Act

Congressman Steven Horsford Safeguards Census Citizenship Data

Rep. Susie Lee Earns U.S. Chamber of Commerce Spirit of Enterprise Award

Agency Updates

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DMV to open normal hours Tuesday following outage

LVMPD Investigates 10th OIS of 2020

Articles of Interest

Lawsuit: DETR should pay unemployment claimants now, sort out later which program money should come from (NV Indy)

Sisolak proposes car emission standards, in line with California, as part of effort to combat climate change (NV Indy)

Digital and cashless gaming technology viewed as bringing casinos into the 21st century (NV Indy)

Sisolak presses Pence over coronavirus testing slowdown (LVRJ)

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