Where the candidates stand on
state government transparency

Question #1: Do you support putting an itemized accounting of all state spending (a.k.a. Nevada's checkbook) online in a searchable format, as states such as Missouri and Texas have done?

Question #2: Do you support placing local-government negotiations with public-employee unions under Nevada’s open-meeting law?

Question #3: Do you support applying Nevada’s open-meeting law to the Legislature?

Question #4: Do you support giving the public 72 hours to read all bills before they go to a floor vote?

Question #5: Do you support requiring campaign finance data to be publicly available in a common, electronically searchable format (e.g., Excel, CSV, tab-delimited, etc.)?

Question #6: Will you sponsor legislation in support of any of the above items? (This question applies to legislative candidates only.) If yes, please use the “comment” section to describe the kind of legislation you will sponsor.

Given the mounting challenges facing our state, it is unsurprising that Nevadans from across the political spectrum are increasingly asking for more transparency from their state and local governments.

To meet this desire, TransparentNevada sent surveys to all current and prospective lawmakers and major state elected officials asking for their views on some frequently discussed open-government proposals.

Some responses include additional comments. We urge you to read the full comments in order to get a fully formed picture of the candidate's views. You can view the full comments by clicking on their response.


If you're interested, you can also read the whole survey.

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Questions Online checkbook Open-meetings for public unions Open-meetings for Nevada Legislature 72 hours to read all bills Searchable campaign finance data Willing to sponsor any?
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Yes - I support transparency in State spending and the efforts that have are being made towards this effort. I believe that ... No - I do not support the placement of these negotiations under open-meeting law. Union negotiations are especially complex and the added ... No - I do not support applying the open-meeting law to the entire Nevada State Legislature. Much like the above response, I ... No - I do not support a 72 hour period before bills can go to a floor vote. The state of Nevada ... Yes Lean Yes - As a person running for pubic office for the first time, I have placed all of my focus on the ...
Yes - Yes, the state should account for all expeditures regardless of whom htey are paid to. Yes - The meetings should be open to all and recorded for further review. Yes - Yes, The state of nevada needs to have a state register that will contain all of the legislative and regulattory ... Yes - I do want the public to view all bills that are up for votes, but I would make the time ... Lean Yes - I would favor the keeping of the small donations uneder $100 in an aggregate, over 100 those should be reported ... Yes - I would sponsor all of the proposals.
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Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - I would be willing to introduce legislation to make an itemized accounting of state expenditures available online in a searchable ...
Yes - This is a major point as I run for State Controller. Yes - Yes, except possibley where it may invade the privacy of an individual. Yes Yes - Yes, except for where there may be an emergency (i.e. floods, hurricane, etc.) Yes N/A
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Yes Yes - Big yes here! Yes Yes - Or 7 days perhaps No Answer - Not being a computer guy, I’m not sure what this means Yes - Open meeting laws, public access rules
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Yes - I have long felt there needs to be more transparancy in this area. Yes Yes Yes - I do only I would think 5 days would be better. Maybe - I would need to look into this more. Being a novice a finding information on the net I was still ... Yes
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Yes - I believe in "Google Government", it's the people's money, the deserve the basic right of seeing how it's spent. Yes - Yes, much of Nevada's government expenditures comes from salaries and personnel costs. The negotiations for these salaries and costs should ... Yes - I'd need to learn more how this would work with committees or caucus events, but assuming there's legal grounds for ... Yes Yes Lean Yes - I don't know I haven't looked at my allotments on bills. I would support legislation on them but I don't ...
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Yes - It is the taxpayers' money. They should be able to easily check how it is spent. Yes - Public employees are <u>public</u> employees, regardless of their union status. Yes - I have served in the last 3 sessions as an unpaid lobbyist. Unclean things go on behind closed doors Yes - At least <u>someone</u> will have read the bills. If Congress sets the example, many legislatures don't read the bills. If ... Yes - This should be easy for the S.O.S to accomplish. Yes
Yes Yes - I support open negotiations as long as privacy rules are not violated and they are the same rules applied to ... Yes No - It should not be necessary if there is full transparency during the hearings and bill reading / floor debates on ... Yes Yes - I believe a disconnect exists between our state government and the electorate - a high degree of mistrust leading to ...
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Yes - Yes. I believe that all Nevadans have the right and need to know how the State is spending the peoples ... Yes - Yes. The State and local governments should not be behind closed doors when dealing out the peoples money. Yes - Yes. It is the peoples government. Yes Yes Yes
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Yes - Absolutely, yes! I will do this without paying high dollars to a third party. I will work with the University ... Yes - Absolutely, yes! People must own their government and hold them accountable. To do this people must have visibility to all ... Yes - Absolutely, yes! Same comments as above. Everyone must have access and visibility to their government at all times. Yes - Yes, however depending on the bill 72 hours may be too short. I would say 72hrs for all bills with ... Yes - Absolutely, yes! All campaigns should be in commonly accepted formats. There should be nothing to hide. N/A
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Yes - I believe full transparency leads to a more honest and open government. As stewards of tax payer's money I believe ... Yes - If local government negotiations were more open to the public this would assists with direct communication for all parties involved. ... Yes Yes - Giving the public 72 hours to read bills will assist in limiting the amount of legislature that is simply "pushed" ... Yes Yes - Sponsoring Legislation is a task I will be a part of. If elected I will be a "freshman" and would ...
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Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - Yes, I will support all the above items.
Yes Yes No - Not practical for a variety of reasons. Lean Yes - As a general rule, yes. Again there are legitimate reasons some bills get amended in very brief windows. Yes Maybe - I will have only 10 bill draft requests so will not fully agree to sponsor but will agree to co-sponsor ...
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Yes - Believe approving [...] showed be aware of negotiations rather than being seen as deal to approve Yes Yes Yes - Too many bills being passed without elected officials reading many of the bills Yes - The bill should require earlier reporting data amounts over a specific level should be made available immediately. Yes
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Yes Yes - Yes, not a popular position, but that is where I stand. I have to pay for their retirement benefits, why ... Yes - Absolutely! See #4 Yes - Yes, but let’s also address the amendments to bills on the floor in check. Because I can now see that ... Yes - Absolutely! Now let’s talk about the level of disclosure, some people want to raise the reportable limits, to what they ... Yes - Yes I would be willing to sponsor transparency legislation, because as a good friend of mine says, “Since government has ...
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - However, if this requires all candidates to file electronically I have concerns, because the Independent American Party has had several ... Yes - I am not an expert at these issues, however I am willing to sponsor them.
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Yes - I am completely in favor of this. Somehow we need to limit government spending, and this proposal would help the ... Yes - This is a good way to protect taxpayers against unreasonable and one-sided deals being made without public knowledge. Maybe - I believe that there probably are certain legislative items which would have to be discussed in executive sessions. The exceptions ... Yes - Great idea! Yes - As long as candidates are required to give this information, it should be easily available to the public. However, I ... N/A
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Yes No - This is a constitutional question that should be decided by a vote of the people. Yes Yes Yes Maybe - I cannot make a commitment at this time, since I am limited to the number of bills that I can ...
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Yes Yes Lean Yes - A qualified Yes. I believe the Legislature needs to do more to open its process, to make searches on its ... Lean Yes - A qualified Yes because the financial implications of your question are not clear. I like the idea but wonder what ... Yes - Yes I do. I think electronic updates, perhaps within a week of receiving a donation or making expenditure, should be ... N/A
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Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - One of the first courses of action I plan to take once elected in November is to draft a bill ...
Yes - Yes but we need to be aware of the potential for identity theft which has occurred in several State's such ... No - No as I don't see how these will really improve transparency or change the outcome. Citizens have access to what ... Yes Lean No - It sounds like a good idea but is it really feasable when we only have 120 day session? I would ... Yes - Yes and when you talk about searchable format you need to start talking about using XBRL. Excel, CSV does not ... N/A
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Yes Yes - Nevada Taxpayers are the ones paying these salaries and should know that is going on with negotiations as well as ... Yes - The 2009 Billion dollar tax hike was done at the last minute, in secret behind closed doors. The people of ... Yes - My answer to question #3 is the reason. This is the 1st bill I would submit. Yes Yes
Yes - The agencies keep asking for more money, but do not want to tell us what they did with what they ... Yes Yes - The state Assembly and Senate should both be more accountable to the people. Yes - And the bills should be easy to find on the Internet. Legislative voting records should also be easier to find. Yes Yes
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes - I will sponsor and support the open-meeting law to the Legislature. I will also support and sponsor the 72 hour ...
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Yes - When government takes the people's money, government ought to be completely public with how it is used. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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Yes - Absolutely. I would also insist that every dollar be attached to a specific line item. There would be no "other" ... Yes - Of course. The public is ultimately the one who pays fro the "public-employee". It naturally follows the public should see ... Yes Yes - Yes, and let's start by giving the legislature 72 hours to read all bills before we vote. Yes Yes - I believe legislation has been proposed (and killed in committee) for all of the above items. I would be willing ...
Yes Yes - We MUST do this! Yes Yes - I also support, and if elected, will draft a bill to mandate that all legislation be presented is easy to ... Yes Yes - I will be pleased to sponsor legislation on each of the above and will seek to do with as many ...
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - I’d support legislation whether sponsoring or co-sponsoring. I don’t have a lot of chances to introduce legislation but definitely support ...
Lean Yes - The only hesitation is that this will require extra expense to accommodate, which is difficult in a time of budget ... Yes - I support the rights of unions to collective bargaining, and open meetings would make the process much more acceptable to ... Yes - It seems appropriate that the Legislature should abide by the same rules that it imposes on everyone else. Lean No - In the end when a session is wrapping up, this may not be beneficial. There is a drawback here that ... Lean Yes - This is a good idea, but as with question 1, there are cost considerations. Maybe - While these are generally good ideas, I could not commit to sponsoring these in a year when there are more ...
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Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - I support the EO by Governor Gibbons on requiring transparency and accountability. I would also sponsor such legislation as passed ...
Yes - Yes. Itemizing all state spending in an online searchable format will have several benefits for the citizens of Nevada. First, ... Yes - Yes. Taxpayers and the press have little to no information on these contracts until after the negotiation process has been ... Yes - Yes. The citizens of Nevada deserve a legislature that conducts itself in an open and transparent manner. We, the taxpayer, ... Yes - Yes. It is inexcusable that any member of our legislature would vote on a bill without fully reading the final ... Yes - Yes. Most serious candidates already use an Excel type of program to keep track of campaign spending. It would easier ... Yes - Yes. First, I would introduce or support any system similar to the Missouri Accountability Portal. I would improve upon that ...
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Yes No - Need to define local-government negotiations more. My concern is that more of the higher levels of local government are making ... Yes Yes - 72 hours is a very little bit of time. I would prefer more days. Yes - Providing campaign finance info should be easily done. Limits need to be in place for the amount of money to ... Yes - I will support fiscal caps on finance money used for state and lower levels of office. It is insane to ...
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Yes - Yes - and the cost savings generated will pay for the cost of implementing the process (Estimated at $300,000) Yes Yes Yes - Yes - This will force the Legislature to post bills and not make a push at the close of the ... Yes N/A - Although not a Legislator, the Treasurer can provide legislation to push the transparency issue.
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Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - Open meeting law to apply to public unions.
Yes Yes - I would be open to re-visiting the proper role of collective bargaining in private sector unions. Yes Yes - I would support 7 full days of public notice. Yes Yes
Yes - Yes, when we have the money for this technology Yes - Yes. We tried to get this on the agenda at the last special session No - It sounds good, but with a 120 day session, it will not work. Meetings and hearings are necessary and agenda's ... No - This will not work as we have the same problem as Ques.3 Yes - Yes As we modernize and things progress we should move forward too Lean Yes - I would consider looking into the possibility of a bill draft when I have more information.
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Yes Yes No Yes - YES, in general, without making the "Notice" obligation unduly burdensome to the legislative process. 72 hours is a very long ... Yes N/A - YES, even though as Attorney General, my role would not include sponsoring legislation. However, the open-meeting laws need to be ...
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes - I will sponsor legislation to amend the current open meeting law to apply to all legislative activity, including any negotiations ...
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