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Nevada Think Tank Taking State To Court Over Public Records

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The Nevada Public Employees' Retirement System or PERS is once again being taken to court over public records. Our contributor Bob Conrad of ThisisReno has the story.

The Nevada Policy Research Institute or NPRI is petitioning the state Supreme Court to intervene in what members say is an intentional effort by PERS to evade the state's public records act.

NPRI spokesman Joseph Becker says that last year the group requested retirement documents to include on its website TransparentNevada.com, which maintains the salary information of public employees.

Becker says they were requesting the same information as in previous years, but that PERS has changed how it maintains records. Instead of providing retiree names, the PERS report replaced names with social security numbers. Since social security numbers cannot be shared publicly, the numbers were then redacted, leaving a list of payment made to unknown recipients.

PERS has not responded to requests for comment.

Bob Conrad, PhD, APR is a media professional with more than 20 years of experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and publishing. He’s the co-founder of ThisisReno.com, a locally owned and operated online news website.
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