December 5, 2016 •
Ethics Oversight on Agenda for 2017 New Mexico Session
New Mexico State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto revealed a draft of the Public Accountability Act (PAA) at a recent legislative meeting. If passed, the PAA would create a 12-member Public Accountability Board with the purpose of investigating and ruling on complaints against public officials, employees, candidates, lobbyists and government contractors.
Additionally, the PAA would give the board enforcement authority over civil violations and would impact local government. Republican state Rep. Jim Dines stated he will propose a constitutional amendment to create a nine-member ethics commission to oversee the Legislature, contractors, and lobbyists.
Both pieces of legislation are intended for the 2017 legislative session and bills may be pre-filed on December 15, 2016.
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