(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – In 2015, Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, drew a taxpayer-backed pension of $103,947. Last week, Parks voted to keep you from finding out how much he will bank in the future.
I told you three weeks ago about the efforts of Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, to gut Nevada’s public records law with Senate Bill 384. While she has amended the bill to remove the section that would have prohibited you from finding out the names of school teachers, she now wants to prevent you from finding out the names of those drawing lavish pension payouts.
SB384 would make the names of retirees confidential, instead mandating the Public Employees’ Retirement System release a unique identifying number for each employee along with payout information.
Ratti said retirees need her bill so they won’t have “to live in fear of identity theft.” What she didn’t share is how PERS’ stonewalling led to the release of the very information retirees claim to be worried about.