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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

Ethics Commission Amendment On The Ballot

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October 12, 2018 – This election, voters are being asked to approve the proposed Constitutional Amendment 2, which would create an independent statewide ethics commission. But what exactly will the commission do?

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with three experts to explain the ins and outs of the proposal and the next steps should the amendment pass.

The next meeting of the ethics commission working group is Oct. 18 in the rotunda at the UNM Science & Technology Park.

Guests:
Heather Ferguson, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico
Trip Jennings, executive director of New Mexico in Depth
Kathleen Sabo, executive director of New Mexico Ethics Watch

Further Reading:

Ethics watchdog gives New Mexico low marksAssociated Press
New Mexico gets D- grade in 2015 State Integrity InvestigationCenter for Public Integrity
Lawmakers get started on ethics commission enabling legislationNew Mexico in Depth
Create an Independent State Ethics CommissionCommon Cause NM
Watch: NMIF’s The Line discusses the ethics commission
NM Ethics Watch