Editorial: Taxpayers deserve expansive transparency

From Las Vegas Review-Journal: The Legislature took big steps forward this year in improving public access to government functions and records.

But without fail, the government entities that are supposed to follow state laws mandating transparency make sure the cause of openness takes two steps back.

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Miller calls records suit a “smear”

From CBS:  (LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office says an open records request lawsuit filed by a Republican-affiliated group is a politically motivated attempt to derail an ethics reform measure in the legislature backed by Miller.

The records request originally made in March by the State Government Leadership Foundation, a GOP-affiliated group, seeks records of Miller’s travel, daily schedules, compensation and more.



Editorial: Supreme Court erodes access to open records

Editorial from The Sacramento Bee: Public records have cleansing power, as Nevada is discovering. The U.S. Supreme Court doesn't seem interested.


Eight states have included residents-only clauses in their public records act. Nevada is not among them. But recent experience shows the importance of being able to access another state's public documents.



Three keys to open government

Opinion from Elko Daily Free Press:

The Nevada Legislature this session has an opportunity to make some welcome and substantial improvements to open government in this state, and there’s a good chance it will.

At the same time, I’m calling on two other important components of open government — the press and the public — to do their part to step up the quality of discourse on legislation and policy.


Bill eases access to NV public records

From Las Vegas Sun:

Lawmakers are scheduled to discuss a bill aimed at increasing government transparency and the availability of public records.

AB31 will be presented to the Assembly Committee on Government Affairs Thursday morning. The measure calls for all units of the Executive Department of State Government, excluding the Nevada System of Higher Education, to designate at least one employee as its records manager.


Roundhouse Roundup: Las Vegas emails and ‘leaking’ public records

From The Santa Fe New Mexican:

Gov. Susana Martinez isn’t the first New Mexico politician to cause controversy by using private email accounts to communicate about public policy. Three years ago in Las Vegas, N.M., the late former Mayor Tony Marquez was in a similar, if not identical situation.