An hourlong copy of Las Vegas police body-camera footage will cost the public $280

An hourlong copy of Las Vegas police body-camera footage will cost the public $280 starting next month, a fee that far outpaces other local law enforcement agencies in Nevada. The new rate is almost six times greater than what the Metropolitan Police Department charged when it launched its body-camera program in 2014. The department raised…

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FOI/Open Government coalitions from Pennsylvania and Nevada join NFOIC

For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Bevarly Executive Director, NFOIC dbevarly@nfoic.org 352-294-7082   (02/12/2020) The Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition and the Nevada Coalition for Open Government become NFOIC’s newest state FOI alliances. Now, 37 states and the District of Columbia make up the National Freedom of Information Coalition, whose mission is to make sure state and…

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Nevada Legislators Are Exempt From Public Records Laws — For Now

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?

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Nevada legislators exempt from public records law

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. 

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Nevada Governor’s text messages should be made public, experts say

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has weak legal and public policy grounds to defend his decision to withhold text messages between himself and the leadership of NV Energy, according to open government experts, if the examples in other states and cities were to be followed in Nevada.

Courts and attorneys general in at least 18 states have addressed the issue, of which “decisions have overwhelmingly favored public access,” according to a paper written by Joey Senat, a professor who teaches media law at Oklahoma State University.

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Appointees to key positions in Nevada remain little-known to taxpayers

Nevada's Public Employees Retirement System, with more than $34 billion in assets, is overseen by a panel of seven public-sector workers appointed by the governor.

But as a recent nationwide report from the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity pointed out, Nevada taxpayers don't know much about the individuals charged with managing the state retirement system for nearly all state and local government employees.

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Editorial: Championing transparency – Open government is good government, and it starts with elections

Secretary of State Ross Miller has found himself oddly under fire for aggressively upholding campaign disclosure laws, odd because some of his critics are self-professed champions of government transparency.

Miller, a Democrat, has been targeted for suing the Republican-aligned Alliance for America’s Future, a Virginia group that refused to register as a political action committee despite buying nearly $200,000 in political ads in 2010 supporting Brian Sandoval’s campaign for governor.

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