SANTA FE – A bill aimed at shining more light on how much money New Mexico spends on settling allegations of discrimination within state government is being brought back for the upcoming 30-day legislative session – with the backing of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration.
Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, said he’s been working closely on the issue with General Services Secretary Ken Ortiz and other legislators, and said the bill would be an improved version of the measure that passed the Senate during this year’s session, but ultimately stalled in the House.
“We’ve had everybody together at the table,” Rue said. “I think we’ve got the wind at our back.”
Under last year’s version of the proposal, any settlement agreements would have been required to be posted on the state’s online sunshine portal, along with the nature of the allegations and the total amount of public funds paid to settle the claim.