December 8, 2011

Transparency Review (12/5-12/9)

  • The State Ethics Commission is seeking $65,000 from the Interim Finance Committee for hiring new staff and alleviating a two-year backlog of unpublished requests, the Nevada News Bureau reports. The state Board of Examiners will review the request on Tuesday, and if approved, the request will be considered by the Interim Finance Committee at their Dec. 15 meeting.
  • No party filed a challenge to the special masters' redistricting maps by the Wednesday, Dec. 7 deadline, meaning the masters' maps will be Nevada's official election maps for the next decade. Assembly Minority Leader Pete Goicoechia (R-Eureka) was displeased with some of the districts but told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that an appeal would likely take 18-months, which "would not serve anybody."
  • A former Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles employee could face up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge of accepting thousands of dollars to provide illegal immigrants with driver's licenses. The employee's sentencing is scheduled for March 6, and she could face a $250,000 fine in addition to jail time.
  • The Las Vegas Sun's Anjeanette Damon reports that the Legislature's new Sunset Committee is expected to begin reviewing the various boards and commissions throughout the state in order to create "more nimble, transparent and responsive regulation" throughout the state. The drawback, according to Damon, is that some lawmakers on the committee may target groups for political reasons.