(Victor Joecks, Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Nevada’s Public Records Act needs vigorous defenders, because politicians, like Sen. Julia Ratti, D-Sparks, keep trying to gut it.
During Monday’s marathon floor session, Ratti proposed SB384, which would fundamentally alter the public’s right to find out information about public employees. Currently, unless requested information fits into one of the many exemptions listed in state law, the law presumes information about public employees is public.
Under SB384, the only information the public could obtain about a public employee is their name, employer, position, and cost of salary and benefits. “All other information about an employee of a public employer which is contained in a record or file in the possession, control or custody of a public employer is confidential,” reads SB384.
“All” would have far-reaching implications. Good luck finding out basic information on your child’s school. Under SB384, a public school’s website couldn’t list the emails of its employees. Since principals and teachers work for the school district, not the individual school, even a listing of which staff members work at which school would be confidential.