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House backs transparency for capital funding

SANTA FE — Legislation aimed at making it easier for the public to track funding for capital projects is on its way to the Senate after passing the House late Friday.

House Bill 262 calls for legislative staff to publish a list of all projects included in capital outlay bills that pass, including the amounts allocated to projects by each legislator.

It passed without opposition Friday.

“This important piece of legislation ensures that capital outlay requests made by legislators are easily accessible to the public,” Rep. Matthew McQueen, D-Galisteo, said in a written statement. “I am proud to help bring much needed transparency to the capital outlay process, and I feel optimistic that our colleagues in the Senate will be supportive as well.”

Democratic Reps. Natalie Figueroa and Joy Garratt, both of Albuquerque, co-sponsored the bill.

 

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