Today, Assembly Majority Leader John Oceguera penned a letter to the Governor. The letter is in response to a recent directive from the Governor to executive branch agencies prohibiting them from responding to legislative requests for information without the approval of the Governor’s Office. Although the letter is civil in its tone, the inclusion of numerous citations to Nevada law make it clear that the Legislative branch is willing to engage in a legal fight if the directive is pursued.
If the Governor’s directive stands, legislative subpoenas will likely start being issued, leaving agency heads in a difficult position. Presumably the Attorney General will need to weigh in on the issue at some point.
In the meantime, the rhetoric from the executive and legislative branches continue to set the stage for a contentious and lengthy special session, as relations between the branches continue to grow more strained by the day.