SANTA FE — The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Friday that aims to shine a light on how much New Mexico spends to settle allegations of discrimination in state agencies.
The proposal, Senate Bill 317, calls for the state to publish the nature of the claims, the agency against whom they were lodged and the total amount of state money used to settle the allegation, including damages and attorney fees.
“The taxpayers of the state have a right to know,” said Sen. Sander Rue, an Albuquerque Republican and co-sponsor of the legislation.
The measure won approval 40-0 and now heads to the House for consideration, with just eight days left in the session. Rep. Linda Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, is co-sponsoring the bill.