January 30, 2015
An attempt by the Reno-Gazette Journal to force Governor Jim Gibbons to release details of proposed state budget cuts has failed.
This afternoon, a Carson District Court judge denied the newspaper’s legal request. The paper's attorneys argued that the budget details did not fall under what is legally known as "deliberative process privilege."
Furthermore, the paper argued that the public's right to know the nature of the proposed budget cuts outweighs the governor’s right to protect his decision making process.
The governor's general counsel, Josh Hicks, argued the documents involved were an important part of the deliberation process and not public record...and that making them public could harm the process for making future decisions.
Judge James Todd Russell sided with the governor's office, denying the RGJ's request to release the information.