Vegas Chamber End of Legislative Session Report – 2023
During the session, more than 1,000 bills were introduced. Of those, the Chamber tracked 822 bills and testified on 172 of them. More than 60 legislative bills were identified as ones that would damage or deter economic prosperity for Nevada’s employers, employees, and their families.
The Chamber worked tirelessly and led the charge with community leaders and other business and trade organizations to ensure there was a clear and unified voice on matters important to Nevada’s employers. As a result of this united business voice, nearly all the bad bills were either defeated or mitigated. Bills that would have burdened businesses with higher costs and regulations; increased costs to taxpayers by enacting more prevailing wage requirements; and bills that would have harmed economic development by making Nevada less competitive in attracting new businesses and industries.
Vegas Chamber Preliminary End of Legislative Session Report – 2023
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The economic health of Nevada depends upon the success of employers and entrepreneurs, and you, our members. The Chamber is a champion to safeguard your business and the state’s economy. When the 2023 Legislature opened in February, the Chamber made the commitment to advance a legislative agenda that was based on common sense: fair, practical, and built by consensus.
The Vegas Chamber Legislative Day, Carson City 2023
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Vegas Chamber’s Legislative Mission: Why Common Sense Matters
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Vegas Chamber’s Legislative Mission
Every legislative session brings together engaged Nevadans – state legislators, community organizations, chambers of commerce, business trade associations, organized labor, think tanks, special interest groups, and residents – to discuss, debate, and build consensus regarding challenges and opportunities in the state.
The decisions made – or not made – have a direct impact on the lives and livelihoods of the 3.2 million people who call Nevada home. The lens through which legislation is considered is vitally important to the future of the state, Nevada residents, and future generations.
One important principle that the Vegas Chamber believes is essential towards legislative measures, is taking a common sense approach. Nevadans want common sense legislation. Common sense legislation is practical, fair, and based on consensus. It should be reasonable in nature and help the greatest number of people. Legislation should not be extreme or radical in its approach. Common sense is something that we each embrace in our daily lives and an expectation that we should have for policy makers at the State Legislature.
Common sense, as defined by Britannica is, “The ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions.”
A common sense approach to good governance considers:
- Is the problem truly in need of a legislative or government solution?
- What are the long-term ramifications and unintended consequences of the proposal?
- Will it help or harm employers, small businesses, job creation, or the economic climate?
Common sense matters in governance because it demonstrates to constituents that lawmakers are focused on the big picture; are open-minded and transparent; and want to address issues that are truly problematic.