January 25, 2012

NVPERS to challenge judge's ruling on open records

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

The board governing the Public Employees Retirement System of Nevada voted unanimously Wednesday to challenge a ruling that the names and benefit amounts of about 47,000 retired public employees are a matter of public record.

The Reno Gazette-Journal had filed a lawsuit against the retirement system, which denied the newspaper's request for the information.

Carson City District Judge James Russell supported the newspaper, concluding that the purpose of the Nevada Public Records Act is to "ensure accountability of the government to members of the public by facilitating public access to vital information about government activities."