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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.

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: Ethics Commission Legislation


October 5, 2018 – If the voters approve Constitutional Amendment 2 in November, New Mexico will get its first independent ethics commission.  Lawmakers and others are already at work drafting legislation to establish this oversight body, which may help bolster trust in state government if it is approved. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss this possible legislation at look at other efforts to bring more transparency to New Mexico government.

Line Panelists:
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Julie Ann Grimm, editor and publisher, Santa Fe Reporter
Sophie Martin, attorney
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First

Further Reading:
Appeals Court: Agencies can be forced to pay for incomplete record requests