Casinos in the Las Vegas area will have to add new security measures to keep their visitors safe. Steve Sisolak, the Governor of Nevada signed a bill that puts more responsibility on the casino operators for the safety of their premises. These will include the need to submit specially designed emergency response plans. The state Senate just as the Assembly recently approved Bill 69 regarding this issue.
The bill asks that operators file in their plans before November 1, 2019. It also calls for the creation of a special task force that will oversee the same security plans. Additionally, the bill recommends the addition of an electronic system that would be able to keep track of the same plans.
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The recommendations have the purpose of helping the Nevada Resort Planning Task Force. This agency was made in the wake of the Mandalay Bay attack that lets 58 individuals dead after a man opened fire from a hotel tower on a concert venue below. At the time of its creation, the casinos did not have any major security plan reviews for more than five years. Now, if the casino operator does not provide the updated emergency plan, the task force will report the same company to the Nevada Gaming Control Board. This could include fines, suspension of the gambling license or even the full loss of operator status in the state.
The law applies to the local governments as well. They too will have to file in their plans so that the new body can assess them. Sisolak said that he was proud to sign it because it strengthens the potential for emergency response. Apart from casinos, it applies to schools and entire cities and counties. The same plans will need to include emergency routes for evacuations, list of responders and additional information. Any of it could mean the difference between life and death.
The casino operators will likely comply with the requirements as soon as possible. On one hand, the plans are common sense preparation and do not require a huge additional amount of investment. On the other hand, the casinos will likely want to further present a public image of caring and actively working on their security. The Mandalay Bay attack definitely shook the public confidence in casinos. In the aftermath, it became clear that there were security lapses, so all of the operators are eager to get it back.
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