August 10, 2011

Transparency Review (8/8-8/12)

  • The constitutionality of Nevada's Foreclosure Mediation Program was challenged in the Second District Court in Washoe County. As reported by NPRI's Nevada Journal, the program is overseen by the state Supreme Court, which the plaintiffs argue violates Article III of the Nevada Constitution, the separation-of-powers clause. If the case goes to the Supreme Court, the entire Court may have to recuse itself due to the conflict of interest.
  • The former grassroots activist group ACORN was fined $5,000 for its role in a voter registration scheme in Nevada during the 2008 election cycle. The group, defunct since April 2010, received the maximum fine under Nevada election law of $5,000. Clark County District Judge Donald Mosley, who heard the case, said an individual convicted of a similar crime would have received a 10-year prison sentence.
  • The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that Saturday, Aug. 13 is the final day to register to vote in the September 13 CD-2 special election. The special election is between Republican Mark Amodei and Democrat Kate Marshall for the vacant congressional seat left by Republican Dean Heller, who was selected to replace retired senator John Ensign.
  • TransparentNevada continues to add jurisdictions to its growing database of public employee salaries. Keep checking http://transparentnevada.com or follow TransparentNevada on Twitter @TransparentNV for updated salary information.