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February 10, 2017— This week on New Mexico in Focus we look at renewed efforts to create a statewide ethics commission. The sponsor of one bill argues what several polls have shown: The perception of corruption is bad for business and creating an ethics commission would make the state more attractive for companies looking to relocate. And we talk to new Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver about what she’s doing to improve how we track money in politics.

Rep. Jim Dines is a former media lawyer who was first elected in 2014. He has sponsored several ethics-related bills during his time in the legislature,

Maggie Toulouse Oliver was the Bernalillo County Clerk before winning election to the secretary of state’s office in 2016. Her office oversees elections and campaign finance reporting.


This segment is part of our People, Power and Democracy project.

People, Power and Democracy explores ethics, accountability and transparency in government. Our partners are KUNMNew Mexico in DepthNew Mexico News Port and New Mexico PBS.

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