By Sean Whaley | Nevada News Bureau
CARSON CITY — State lawmakers have put a new tourism contract to promote Nevada on hold despite the concerns of one lawmaker that the move exceeds legislative authority.
State Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, raised concerns about the intent to award the two-year, $3.2 million contract to an out-of-state firm.
Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest public relations firms in the country, was selected by a state agency to handle the promotion of Nevada for the next two years.
“We haven’t had a bad tourism plan in the past, so I have some real reservations,” Horsford said during Thursday’s Interim Finance Committee meeting. “And to bring in a national firm, that I think is based out of New York, to come in here, in our state, and promote rural communities, that they don’t even know where they are, let alone what they do, I have some real questions and reservations about that.”
Horsford is running for the 4th Congressional District seat, which includes a large swath of rural Nevada in addition to parts of Clark County.