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New bill makes it easier for Nevadans to claim property

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Posted at 12:27 PM, May 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-18 20:42:29-04

CARSON CITY (KTNV) — Today, Gov. Steve Sisolak signed Senate Bill 71. He was joined by Treasurer Zach Conine, whose Office sponsored the legislation.

Senate Bill 71 modernizes and enhances the State’s Unclaimed Property statute to ensure unclaimed property being held by the State is returned to Nevadans more quickly and easily.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the Treasurer’s Office launched a pilot program in collaboration with the Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation to proactively return Unclaimed Property to individuals who filed for unemployment assistance. The two agencies have returned over $2.3 million to people negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Bill 71 now allows the Treasurer’s Office to initiate a claim on a property owner’s behalf, allowing for greater efficiencies to return unclaimed property to Nevadans, especially those in need of financial assistance.

The Treasurer’s Office administers Nevada’s Unclaimed Property program. In this role, the Office takes custody of lost or abandoned property from businesses and works to reunite it with the rightful owner. All Unclaimed Property is held in perpetuity by the State until the property owner or heir can be identified.

In the first two years of his first term, Treasurer Conine’s Office has returned more unclaimed property to more Nevadans than in any two-year period in Nevada history.

Nevadans are encouraged to search for their own unclaimed property by visiting ClaimItNevada.org.