October 23, 2014
Nevada lawmakers are in line for a letter encouraging them to release telephone numbers and e-mail addresses so that it's easy for people to reach them.
Lorne Malkiewich, Legislative Counsel Bureau director, says the idea came from state Sen. Randolph Townsend at a recent Legislative Commission meeting. Townsend, who chairs the panel, suggested all lawmakers file phone numbers along with cell phone numbers or e-mail addresses.
"We have a rough time reaching some of our colleagues," Townsend, R-Reno, said. "Too many people are hard to find."
Malkiewich said he has telephone numbers for all lawmakers except Assemblyman Wendell Williams, D-Las Vegas. He said Williams removed his number following controversy over his pay from the Las Vegas Neighborhood Services Department while serving in the Legislature. That was in October 2003.
Malkiewich said when he needs to contact Williams, he calls Assemblyman Morse Arberry, D-Las Vegas, a friend of Williams, and asks Arberry to get Williams to call back.
He said it's unusual that legislators wouldn't leave some way to be directly contacted, but there's no mandate to force them to be accessible.