Contentious room cleaning bill awaits signature of Nevada’s governor

Photo: Governor Joe Lombardo during his first State of the State inside the Assembly Chamber at the Legislature on Jan. 23, 2023. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

Contentious room cleaning bill awaits signature of Nevada’s governor

Article brief provided by The Nevada Independent
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
May 17, 2023 9:42 PM
  • Howard Stutz, The Nevada Independent
  • Nevada
  • Commercial Casinos

A bill removing a pandemic-imposed requirement to clean hotel rooms on a daily basis is headed to Gov. Joe Lombardo for his signature after the Assembly approved the measure without discussion last week.

SB441 put gaming and labor on opposite sides over the room cleaning requirement that was part of SB4, which was approved at the height of the pandemic during a 2020 special legislative session.

Assembly members voted 33-9 to give the legislation its final approval. The no votes all came from Democrats. Earlier, the Senate approved the bill by an 18-3 vote, with three Democrats opposing the measure.

The Nevada Resort Association and industry representatives have said daily room cleaning won’t disappear if the measure passes but want the language removed from state law.

Culinary Workers Local 226 leadership and its members have testified that daily room cleaning was “still a good policy” and was standard practice at Strip and downtown resorts before the pandemic. They also worry passage could lead to job cuts.

Culinary Secretary-Treasurer Ted Pappageorge said the union would seek daily room cleaning language in upcoming contract talks with the resort industry over the new agreements covering 60,000 non-gaming employees.