The ability to access public records is an essential tool in a democracy. Public records give the public a peek at truths that are sometimes never told during public meetings.
But, according to the Legislative Counsel Bureau of Nevada, Nevada’s legislators are exempt from certain public records requests.
The Associated Press reported that a request for emails from four legislators was denied by the state Legislative Counsel Bureau. It took the Bureau 28 pages to explain its rationale. The Legislative Counsel Bureau also denied a request by KNPR to be interviewed for this story.
Tod Story, the executive director of the Nevada ACLU, told KNPR's State of Nevada that the law has been around for several years but was restricted in 2015. “At this point, they have what amounts to almost a blanket exemption and that is revealed in this letter that was sent to the AP,” Story said. Continue…