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SANTA FE – New Mexico’s new ethics commission would operate largely in secret and impose harsh penalties for violating that confidentiality under legislation proposed in the state Senate.
The secrecy provisions drew sharp criticism Friday from a variety of advocacy groups – including Common Cause, Ethics Watch and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government. Common Cause, for example, described the ethics commission proposed in Senate Bill 619 as “a weak body, shrouded in secrecy with little enforcement power.”
The sponsor of the proposal, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, said she is still working on the bill and seeking bipartisan input on how to proceed.
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