Nevada Miscellaneous Matters Related to Government and Public Affairs

Sec. § 241.039
Complaints; enforcement by Attorney General; confidentiality of information compiled during investigation; subpoenas; penalty for failure or refusal to comply with subpoena; exception for public records; completion of investigation.


1.

A complaint that alleges a violation of this chapter may be filed with the Office of the Attorney General. The Office of the Attorney General shall notify a public body identified in a complaint of the alleged violation not more than 14 days after the complaint is filed.

2.

Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 and NRS 241.0365, the Attorney General:

(a)

Shall investigate and prosecute any violation of this chapter alleged in a complaint filed not later than 120 days after the alleged violation with the Office of the Attorney General.

(b)

Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (c), shall not investigate and prosecute any violation of this chapter alleged in a complaint filed with the Office of the Attorney General later than 120 days after the alleged violation.

(c)

May, at his or her discretion, investigate and prosecute any violation of this chapter alleged in a complaint filed more than 120 days after the alleged violation with the Office of the Attorney General if:

(1)

The alleged violation was not discoverable at the time that the alleged violation occurred; and

(2)

The complaint is filed not more than 1 year after the alleged violation with the Office of the Attorney General.

3.

The Attorney General is not required to investigate or prosecute any alleged violation of this chapter if the Attorney General determines that the interests of the person who filed the complaint are not significantly affected by the action of the public body that is alleged to violate this chapter. For purposes of this subsection, the interests of the person who filed the complaint are not significantly affected by the action of the public body that is alleged to violate this chapter unless:

(a)

The person who filed the complaint would have standing to challenge the action of the public body in a court of law; or

(b)

The person who filed the complaint:

(1)

Is a natural person and resides within the geographic area over which the public body has jurisdiction; or

(2)

Is any form of business, a social organization, a labor organization or any other nongovernmental legal entity in this State that has a mission or purpose to foster or protect democratic principles or promote transparency in government.

4.

Except as otherwise provided in subsection 7 and NRS 239.0115, all documents and other information compiled as a result of an investigation conducted pursuant to subsection 2 are confidential until the investigation is closed.

5.

In any investigation conducted pursuant to subsection 2, the Attorney General may issue subpoenas for the production of any relevant documents, records or materials.

6.

A person who willfully fails or refuses to comply with a subpoena issued pursuant to this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.

7.

The following are public records:

(a)

A complaint filed pursuant to subsection 1.

(b)

Every finding of fact or conclusion of law made by the Attorney General relating to a complaint filed pursuant to subsection 1.

(c)

Any document or information compiled as a result of an investigation conducted pursuant to subsection 2 that may be requested pursuant to NRS 239.0107 from a governmental entity other than the Office of the Attorney General.

8.

Upon completion of an investigation conducted pursuant to subsection 2, the Attorney General shall inform the public body that is the subject of the investigation and issue, as applicable:

(a)

A finding that no violation of this chapter occurred; or

(b)

A finding that a violation of this chapter occurred, along with findings of fact and conclusions of law that support the finding that a violation of this chapter occurred.

9.

A public body or, if authorized by the public body, an attorney employed or retained by the public body, shall submit a response to the Attorney General not later than 30 days after receipt of any finding that the public body violated this chapter. If the Attorney General does not receive a response within 30 days after receipt of the finding, it shall be deemed that the public body disagrees with the finding of the Attorney General.
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Feb. 5, 2021