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Transparency measure advances in Senate

SANTA FE — New Mexico would make legal settlements public immediately under bipartisan legislation moving forward in the state Senate.

The proposal, Senate Bill 64, cleared its first committee Thursday and heads next to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

State law now requires a six-month wait before settlements are revealed, though it isn’t always clear when the confidentiality period is supposed to begin.

“New Mexico taxpayers have the right to know how their tax dollars are being spent,” Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, said in a written statement . “This bill closes a loophole that could extend the release of information about a claim indefinitely.”

The bill is sponsored by Rue and Democratic Reps. Linda Trujillo of Santa Fe and Christine Chandler of Los Alamos. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approved the bill for consideration this session.

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