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Judge Orders State To Remove Names From Sunshine Site

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque judge today ordered Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to remove the names of rank-and-file state employees from a state-run online database that includes their salaries.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 18 filed a lawsuit last month challenging the Martinez administration’s decision to post the names and corresponding salaries of all state workers — from janitors to elected officials — on the Sunshine Portal.

A Governor’s Office spokesman said the administration will look into whether the information can be posted on another public website in the wake of the ruling by 2nd District Judge Valerie Huling.

“This is public information that is routinely produced and is even available on other websites in New Mexico,” Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell said. “The judge ruled that it cannot be displayed on the Sunshine Portal itself, so we will explore options for making the user-friendly version of this data available on another public website.”

For more on this story, pick up a copy of Tuesday’s Albuquerque Journal.