evada’s governor Steve Sisolak has signed a bill requiring casinos to file annual updated emergency response plans with the state by November 1. The law allows the Nevada Gaming Control Board to fine any casino and suspend and revoke casino licenses that do not file an emergency plan.
The law comes after a gunman in the Mandalay Bay resort opened fire in 2017 on a country music festival, killing 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip. The Las Vegas Review-Journal found following the shooting that the state had not reviewed the emergency plans for most Las Vegas Strip resorts in five years, though there’s no evidence that the lack of updated plans or state review played any role in the deaths or injuries. The Nevada Resort Planning Task Force was created last year.
Both the Senate and the Assembly last week unanimously approved Senate Bill 69, which included recommendations from a special task force to improve state oversight of the security plans. One of them, finding money to modernize the state’s outdated electronic system that tracks the emergency plans, was left out of the bill.
The law also requires local governments to file plans with the state spelling out how they’ll respond to cybersecurity attacks.
Sisolak praised the improved version of the law Thursday. “I was proud to sign legislation into law that strengthens requirements for emergency response plans for cities, counties, schools, and resort hotels to improve our ability to keep Nevadans and visitors safe,” the governor said in a statement.
SB69 allows the emergency management chief to report any casino that does not comply to the chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. It also increases oversight of emergency plans filed by local governments, school districts and utilities.
Under the law, a casino emergency plan must provide a drawing or map of all areas within the buildings and grounds of a casino, with a description of each area. A drawing or description of the internal and external access routes also must be included.
I was proud to sign legislation into law that strengthens requirements for emergency response plans for cities, counties, schools, and resort hotels to improve our ability to keep Nevadans and visitors safe. #SB69 #nvleg https://t.co/GmtsZLKNvn— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) 7 de junio de 2019
Casinos also have to provide an evacuation plan, the location of emergency equipment and command posts, the telephone number of the emergency response coordinator and a description of any public health or safety hazards.
All this information must also be submitted to local fire and law enforcement agencies. SB69 requires casinos to add the names of employees responsible for compliance and submit written certification that their plans are up to date.