Measure would allow casinos to provide temporary child-care facilities near convention areas

Clark County officials are working to amend a local ordinance to allow Las Vegas casinos to provide temporary child-care facilities near convention areas.

State Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick of North Las Vegas worked during the last legislative session to clarify a state regulation that allows temporary child care inside the state’s casinos, according to a report in theLas Vegas Sun. But Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, hasn’t changed its ordinance to conform with the new state regulation. So while many casinos in the city offer child care around casino floors none are able to provide it near convention areas.

But that will soon change. County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is pushing to get the ordinance amended as quickly as possible.

“It’s not unusual for us to be as progressive as possible when it comes to competition, so why weren’t we jumping at this to change it?” she said.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority said it is “critical” for the county to resolve the issue. Jeremy Handel, the authority’s public relations manager, said that without the flexibility offered by a change in the county ordinance, “It translates to lost business and jobs.”

“If something like this brings us even one more convention, then it’s worth it,” said Giunchigliani.