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The Line: Lawmakers Struggle To Create Ethics Commission

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March 15, 2019 – While some bills never get past committees during a legislative session, lawmakers this year were ready to do two things: pass a budget bill and create a voter-approved independent ethics commission. But there have been many amendments to both the House and Senate’s versions of the ethics commission bill and there are still many details to iron out before this year’s legislative session ends on Saturday, March 16. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the bills and amendments, and look at the disconnect between getting voters to approve vague constitutional amendments and actually crafting the legislation.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney 

For Further Reading:
Senate votes 40-0 to approve newly-drafted ethics commission bill – by Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal 

New Mexico Senate approves ethics commission– by Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican

The Line: New Mexico AG Says UNM Has Pattern Of Hiding Records

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September 14, 2018 – The state’s Attorney General’s Office recently released a 32-page report outlining what it says is a “disturbing pattern of concealment and deliberate misrepresentation” at the University of New Mexico. A large portion of the report focuses on the UNM’s former athletic director, Paul Krebs, and transparency complaints filed with the AG’s office.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate what UNM needs to do to rebuild trust while the investigation by the Attorney General’s Office continues.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, Former NM State Senator
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP