February 7, 2020 – The state House passed its version of the budget this week, but good government groups say lawmakers didn’t allocate enough money for the new state Ethics Commission. The independent oversight board got only $900,000 of the $1.2 million it says it needs to properly investigate complaints from the public. Meanwhile, efforts to reform the state’s redistricting system, described by critics as a corrupt “incumbent-protection plan” appear to be fizzling.
This week at the Roundhouse, the Your NM Government project talks to lawmakers about ethics and accountability in government.
Sen. Mark Moores, R – Albuquerque
Rep. Daymon Ely, D – Corrales
Sen. Liz Stefanics, D – Cerrillos
For Further Reading:
New NM Ethics Panel Pursues Recurring Funds — KUNM
Struggle, chaos, litigation, great cost: NM Redistricting — New Mexico in Depth
Redistricting in NM explained in 14 minutes — New Mexico in Focus
Commentary: Common Cause Says Ethics Commission May be Shortchanged by Legislature —KRWG
Editorial: Bills boost public accountability of NM government — Albuquerque Journal
Op-ed: NM should work now to implement redistricting — Albuquerque Journal
This segment is part of the “Your New Mexico Government” Project (#YourNMgov), a collaboration between New Mexico PBS, KUNM Radio, and the Santa Fe Reporter. This endeavor is funded by the New Mexico Local Journalism Fund with public media support provided by the Thornburg Foundation.