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The Line: Lawsuit Alleges New Mexico’s Foster Care System is “Broken”

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September 28, 2018 – A new lawsuit alleges New Mexico’s foster care system is “broken.” The potential class action suit was filed by 13 children and two nonprofits, and alleges, among other things, a lack of an appropriate number of foster parents, training and resources for those families, and inadequate medical treatment for children placed in the system. Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists dig into the specifics, debate the state’s response to the allegations and discuss possible fixes.

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, Former NM Senator
Adrian Carver, Executive Director, Equality New Mexico
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, Attorney

Suggested Reading:

Advocacy Group Sue New Mexico Agencies Which Claim Foster Care Improving

Investigation Reveals Serious Abuses Within Treatment Foster Care System

CYFD Sets Up Procedure to Help Foster Kids Who Need to be Heard

The Line: Little Transparency At The Spaceport

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August 10, 2018 – Journalist Heath Haussamen filed a lawsuit this week seeking documents from the N.M. Spaceport Authority. Haussamen wrote a series of stories on the Spaceport last year. Spaceport officials have claimed that releasing records, such as lease agreements, would mean divulging trade secrets. But the Attorney General’s office found in July that the organization is violating the state Inspection of Public Records Act.

Further reading:

NMPolitics.net sues for release of Spaceport America records

Spaceport violated open government law, AG’s office says

Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists discuss the lack of transparency at the Spaceport and why it matters for New Mexicans.

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Zackary Quintero, UNM law student
Diane Snyder, former state senator