LCB tosses NPRI complaint against lobbyist

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nope try againA complaint from the Nevada Policy Research Institute (NPRI) filed with the state against lobbyist Marlene Lockard has no merit, according to the Legislative Counsel Bureau director Richard Combs.

In a letter to Robert Fellner, who filed the complaint on behalf of NPRI, a free-market think tank that is hostile to government, Combs writes that Lockard was stating her opinion during testimony on a measure that would replace retirees’ names with numbers in public record requests.

Lockard testified that under standing court rulings, personal information included in a retiree’s file could possibly be made public.

“From my review of the information provided in your email and the testimony provided at the March 1, 2019, hearing, it appears that Ms. Lockard was expressing her opinion regarding the current state of the law regarding the information maintained by PERS and her opinion regarding the advantages of enacting SB 224,” Combs wrote to Fellner.

Combs went on to say:

“My reading of the opinions issued by the District Court and the Nevada Supreme Court leads me to the conclusion that the courts have not specifically ruled on whether retirees’ passport information, addresses of retirees’ ex-spouses, and birth certificates of retirees would be considered public records that must be provided if a request for such information is ever made. The opinions appear instead to suggest that any such request would be subject to a factual determination of whether the risks posed by disclosure of the information would outweigh the benefits of the public’s interest in access to the information.”

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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  1. Dana, you should talk to NPRI. They are not hostile to government. All of us (I’m sure the people at NPRI are included) are in favor of government. Not only is it a pragmatic necessity but is very clearly established in the foundational documents of the nation and State. They are know to be hostile to government that exceeds or violates its constitutional and legal mandates, when it violates the “inalienable rights” of individuals to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and when it is turned over to the discretion of its own employees. The Declaration of Independence is a screed against government officials (from England and their American stooges) and their actions–some, if not many, of which are too similar to government officials and actions in the 21st century in the US, Nevada, Clark County and Las Vegas. You are very good in articulating some of these abuses and so is NPRI.

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