The state of Nevada refuses to divulge how much it has paid former employees for their unused sick and vacation leave. Since October, the Las Vegas Review-Journal has sought comprehensive information documenting how much money individual employees received when they retired, resigned or were fired. The request, if fulfilled in its entirety, would encompass employees…
Nevada legislators make public records law, but it turns out they don’t have to follow it.
That could change during this legislative session. Senate Bill 170 would make the Nevada Legislature subject to public records laws, and would expand the kinds of information that can be requested.
But will legislators go for it? Will they pass a bill that exposes them to greater scrutiny?
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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We’re sorry we missed our usual State FOIA Friday last week (May 17) but we were otherwise occupied in New Orleans for the annual FOI Summit.
A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.
UW-Madison seeks limits on open records regarding research
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The records request originally made in March by the State Government Leadership Foundation, a GOP-affiliated group, seeks records of Miller’s travel, daily schedules, compensation and more.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 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.
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.