January 4, 2012

Judge rules PERS must release benefit information

A victory for transparency and accountable government:

A Carson City judge signed an order Thursday telling the Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada to release to the Reno Gazette-Journal the names of all retired employees in Nevada and the amount of their benefit.

In his order finding in favor of a suit filed by the newspaper, District Court Judge James Russell said the purpose of the Nevada Public Records Act "is to ensure the accountability of the government to members of the public by facilitating public access to vital information about government activities."

Judge Russell also ruled that the RGJ should receive descriptions of 98 emails sent between former Gov. Jim Gibbons and 10 others during his time in office.