The Nevada Tax Commission members agreed by unanimous vote to allow reporters to sit in and report on its voting sessions, meetings in which they made key decisions.
Previously, voting had been done behind closed doors during “executive sessions,” or as journalists called them, “secret sessions.” Exceptions to the new policy included times when confidential information would be revealed that, if published, would be illegal or could jeopardize an ongoing investigation or an agent’s identification.
The tax commission regulated the state’s gambling industry until the 1959 creation of the Nevada Gaming Commission (NGC), which assumed its duties. The Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB), established in 1955, was the investigative entity for both the tax and, subsequently, the gaming commissions. The NGC and NGCB still exist today.