Nevada’s White Pine County Takes the Bull by the Horns

Nevada’s White Pine County Commission passed Resolution 2020-76 on Dec. 9, declaring their own “Economic Emergency” under Nevada Revised Statute NRS 414, voiding Governor Steve Sisolak’s ‘one-size-fits-all’ emergency orders. Nevada currently has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation, 12 percent. Only Hawaii is worse, at 14.3 percent.

White Pine, on the other hand, has the second lowest unemployment figure in the state at 3.60 percent, and they’d like to keep it that way.

“That due to the additional risk of exposure to COVID-19 caused by routinely visiting noncompliant businesses in more densely-populated parts of the State, government officials and agents from agencies outside White Pine County shall, with the exception of routine health and safety inspections authorized by Title 40 of the Nevada Revised Statutes, be required to quarantine for 14 days prior to conducting official business within businesses in White Pine County. Failure to follow local regulations may result in local prosecution.”

The County Commission went even further, establishing a fund of $50,000 to reimburse any business fined by State Agencies.

“That in an effort to combat economic damage resulting from enforcement of the Governor’s ‘emergency directives,’ the Board of County Commissioners hereby establishes an ‘Economic Relief Fund’ for business who have incurred Governor-emergency-directive-related expenses in the form of fines, penalties, or legal fees. The Fund shall be created from the County’s General Fund in the amount of $50,000.″

The Governor’s office has not commented.

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