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Lawmakers vote to end wait for settlements

The Roundhouse.

SANTA FE — Legislation that would make state settlement records available to the public immediately — rather than after a six-month wait — is headed to the governor after passing the Legislature without a single dissenting vote.

The proposal, Senate Bill 64, won approval in the House 70-0 late Sunday. It passed the Senate earlier this month 38-0.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration strongly supports the bill.

“This bill is about transparency,” said Rep. Linda Trujillo, a Santa Fe Democrat and co-sponsor of the legislation.

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



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