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Bill On Public Records Remains Alive At Nevada Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill to strengthen Nevada's public records laws remains alive at the Nevada Legislature but faces possible changes.

Friday was a deadline that decided whether many bills died or continued on in the legislative process, and the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that one Senate committee referred the bill to another after reviewing amendments proposed by the bill sponsor.

The measure is aimed at strengthening enforcement, promoting compliance and easing access to records. Provisions would limit fees that government agencies may charge for producing records, streamline delivery of digital records and require agencies to help requesters find desired information.

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Amendments under consideration would change or eliminate proposed fines, narrow the definition of public records, create exemptions for some records and allow agencies to seek court-awarded damages for some requests.