May 5, 2009

Ensuring Nevada's open meetings stay open

Some transparency news out of Carson City.

The Government Affairs Committee heard testimony yesterday by Sen. Valerie Wiener (D-Las Vegas) in support of Senate Bill 267. The bill would force the Legislative Commission to approve or reject government agency rule changes. Currently, rule changes are automatically approved unless explicitly rejected by the commission. That system of automatic approval allowed for rule changes to be made that infringed on open meeting laws.

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SB267 also would require public access to workshops and hearings of public agencies, along with meetings that already are open to the public. Documents relating to regulations would have to be available to the public at meetings. Currently, such documents are available upon request.

The move had the support of the Nevada Manufacturers Association and the Nevada Chapter of Associated General Contractors.