Dear New Mexicans,
Congratulations! Take the time to feel good about your vote ratifying an amendment to our Constitution creating an independent state ethics commission – and now let’s work together to make the new commission as strong as possible!
Why, you ask, do we need a strong commission? Because, if we create a weak commission, where complaints and issues go to die, either because the commission is underfunded or politically driven, we may find ourselves worse off in terms of ethics compliance and enforcement than we have been. We don’t want any more scandals like those that have arisen under the old, fragmented system of ethics compliance and enforcement! We have an incredible opportunity to create a transparent, proactive, fair commission and processes that will serve all New Mexicans – let’s seize that opportunity!
We can all participate in the upcoming process of crafting and defining certain aspects of the commission and its powers and duties. New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) will keep you apprised of legislation introduced during the session, called “enabling legislation,” that will add meat to the bones of the approved constitutional amendment. You can check our website, www.nmethicswatch.org, for timely updates on proposed legislation.