|After the smoking ban took effect, business dropped by 90%. They cut staff. Lost jobs for Nevada . Lost revenue for everyone. The Minchey’s, which own three establishments, now intend to spend $10,000 per location, and hire back four to six employees. Owner Jimmy Minchey noted, “We’ll be able to make offers to those employees immediately.”
The process began on May 20 with the introduction of AB 571 from the Assembly Ways & Means Committee. It was advanced by the committee in the closing moments of the 2011 legislative session. Making it through the committee process, then by the full Assembly and Senate, it was signed by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval on June 17. It’s a great lesson and model for others seeking to advance the interests of small business, economic growth, and property rights.
Cigar Rights of America commends the diligence of the Nevada Tavern Owners Association and the Nevada Resorts Association in their efforts with the Nevada legislature. It proves that coalitions matter, and that non-tobacco enterprises have a vested interest in these debates.
We also express our sincere appreciation for the leadership and stand of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. We fully realize the pressure our nation’s governors are under to bow to the interests in the nanny-state, but Governor Sandoval exercised great courage in signing AB 571. Thank you, Governor.
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