• Should concealed carry permits be a public record? David Bobzien (D-Reno) says no and has introduced a bill to block the public's access to CCW permit records. Supporters of the bill argue that public CCW permit information paints a target on their home for potential burglars. The bill has drawn support from conservative groups as well as the ACLU but opposition from the Nevada Press Association.
|The Supreme Court|
• Shelia Leslie (D-Reno) has introduced a bill in the State Senate which would require lobbyists to report how much they spend wining and dining lawmakers year-round. Current law only requires lobbyists to submit reports during the legislative session.
|Sen. John Ensign|
• The Reno Gazette-Journal takes a look at the lobbying industry operating up in Carson City. Some highlights? Six hundred lobbyists have already registered with the state, and Legislative Counsel Bureau director Lorne Malkiewich predicts it'll be 900 by the end of the session. The lobbyist-to-legislator ratio is currently 10 to 1 and expected to inch even higher by the end of the session.
• Secretary of State Ross Miller has called on state lawmakers to make Nevada elections more transparent. In particular, Miller has sponsored proposals that would make campaign filings electronic, change the filing deadlines so voters could be more informed prior to voting and have his office be the clearinghouse for election information.
• NPRI's Karen Gray takes a look at a proposed Assembly bill which would force violators of the state's open-meeting law to pay a $500 fine and how it could allow Attorney General Masto to appear tough on open-meeting violators, while also evading the the state's stricter remedy -- "undoing an action."