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Ethics Commission Amendment On The Ballot

1215 Ethics Commission

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

The Line: How Should Legislators Spend Next Year’s Budget Surplus?

1209 Line Budget Surplus

August 31, 2018 – The oil and gas industry boom is responsible for approximately $1.2 billion extra dollars state lawmakers will get to work with when they craft next year’s annual budget.   Gene Grant and the Line panelists discuss the best ways for the state legislature to allocate the budget surplus, and whether they should proceed with caution. 

Line Panelists:

Michael Bird, public health consultant

Justine Fox-Young, former state representative

Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR

Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico