There is no Nevada statute that defines a public record. Generally, all books and records of a governmental entity are presumed to be public records and include information and other documents created or accumulated in the course of conducting public business that document the activities and business of public employees.
A public record is a “record,” not simply information. If a record does not already exist, there is generally no duty to create a record in response to a public records request. Letter to Ms. Lockard, Op. Nev. Att’y. Gen. No. 2000-12 (April 28, 2000). See also Public Employees’ Retirement System of Nevada v. Reno Newspapers, Inc., 313 P.3d 221, 129 Nev. Adv. Op. 88 (Nov. 14, 2013).
A record is not available to the public if it is declared by law to be confidential. See NRS 239.010(1). A record may also be confidential if it is privileged or if a common-law balancing of the interests test shows that the public interest in disclosure is outweighed by other interests such as privacy, the ability of the agency to perform its function, or other substantial concerns. However, there is a strong presumption in favor of disclosure, so exemption, exception, or balancing tests must be narrowly construed. See NRS 239.001(3).
For verbatim transcripts of a Commission meeting or hearing, the fee charged is the actual per page charge incurred by the Colorado River Commission of Nevada in accordance with its contract with the transcription service.
The requestor is responsible for pre-paying estimated postage.
Fees will not be charged:
Payment may only be made by check or money order payable to the “Colorado River Commission.”