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Nevada gained statehood in 1864 becoming the nation’s 36th state. The name 'Nevada' is derived from the Spanish language meaning snow covered. The state’s early economy was based on copper, silver and gold mining. In recent years, tourism and gaming has been the leading source of revenue for the state. Ranked 35th in population in the U.S. with over 2.7 million residents, Nevada is the 7th largest state with over 110,000 square miles. Nearly 70% of the state’s residents live in the Las Vegas area.
Similar to the federal government, the state of Nevada is comprised of 3 branches. The governor heading the executive branch of Nevada along with lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, controller and other elected or appointed officials. The Nevada legislature contains 21 senators and 42 assembly members that write, review and pass the state’s bills and laws. The judicial branch is Nevada’s court system which includes a supreme court, district, justice and municipal courts.
There are 16 counties in Nevada with one independent city, Carson City, which serves as the capital of the state. Counties provide residents of the state with services that include law enforcement, such as the sheriff, election, property assessment, courts and regulatory departments. Nevada localities such as cities and towns elect a mayor, city manager and council members to oversee local departments including police and fire, the city clerk and municipal courts.
Nevada’s first open record laws were passed in 1906, however this law in its early stages required the records requestor to prove or show a specific interest. The legislature expanded the law to open records in 1911 with greater access without having to provide a reason to the agency. Transparency laws in Nevada gives its citizens access to government meetings and records alike. Reporters and concerned citizens strive to ensure there are no discrepancies in operations, budgets, planning, government employee salaries, elections and appointments by state and local departments.
Anyone can access public records from Nevada’s agencies. Many individuals, reporters and oversight groups request information from their agencies, some requests are made for personal purposes. There are exceptions to open record laws in cases involving such matter as confidential or personal information of data that would be detrimental to an investigation. Agencies such as the Nevada Department of Public Safety are custodians of criminal records where a background check can be conducted with a simple form and request. County recorders issue certificates of marriage and divorces, while birth and death certificates can be obtained from the state’s vital records office. Property assessors and recorders files open to the public can reveal information you can view online, and see details of real estate assets.
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