Nevada Enacts New Open Records Law

Nevada has enacted a new public records law requiring government agencies to respond to written public records requests within five days. The law, which was signed by the Governor on June 13, went into effect on October 1, 2007.

According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:

The new legislation modifies a loophole in the previous version of the Nevada Public Records Law which did not set a time limit, according to Nevada Press Association Executive Director Barry Smith.

"There were occasions when a government agency simply did not respond at all, and there was no deadline in the law," Smith said. "The more damaging or embarrassing the information, it seemed, the more foot-dragging went on."

More information on the law can be found on the Nevada Legislature's website.


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