March 22, 2011

Nevada lawmakers introduce over 200 bills during Legislative session

While the last official day of winter was Saturday, state lawmakers saw another "last day" on Monday: the last day for individual lawmakers to submit bills for the 2011 legislative session.

According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, 231 bills have been introduced during the legislative session: 104 in the Senate and 127 in the Assembly.

Of the 231, here are the highlights of some bills related to transparency and open government:

AB 159: Introduced by Assemblyman Tick Segerblom (D), this bill would allow individuals to make oral public records request and require that pulblic entities must make copies for the public of the requested records. In some instances, government agencies have refused to make copies for the public, although that is allowed by state law.

SB 65: Introduced by the Committee on Government Affairs, this bill revises provisions regarding the publication of cities' financial information. If a financial statement is published in a newspaper, it would be a public record available by request.

AB 195: Introduced by the Judiciary Committee, this bill would allow courts to destroy records only if the record is first saved on microfilm or a computer file.

AB 239: Introduced by Assemblyman David Bobzien (D), this bill would require all public bodies to post meeting records on their websites.

These are just a handful of the 200-plus bills introduced this session. If you'd like to see more of the bills, visit the state legislature's website at http://www.leg.state.nv.us/.