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Senate backs bill to add info to New Mexico Sunshine Portal

SANTA FE, N.M. — Legislation to enhance New Mexico’s Sunshine Portal by requiring additional information on state contracts to be posted online has cleared the Senate.

The Senate’s unanimous vote Wednesday sends the bill to the House as lawmakers enter the 60-day session’s final stretch.

The New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry has voiced support for the bill, which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Sander Rue of Albuquerque.

Democrat Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos is co-sponsoring the bill in the House.

Currently, state law requires only the recipient of a state contract, the purpose of the contract and the amounts expended to be posted.

Under the legislation, the portal would include a copy or link to the actual contract and provide details about whether it was awarded to an out-of-state business.