February 23, 2017 •
Independent Ethics Commission Bill A Possibility in New Mexico
A bill creating an independent ethics commission is advancing through the New Mexico legislature.
House Joint Resolution 8 (HJR 8) seeks to amend the state constitution and establish a state ethics commission. The ethics commission would oversee complaints against public officials, both in the legislative and executive branches, as well as lobbyist and government contractors.
If passed, the proposed amendment would be placed on the 2018 general election ballot for voter approval.
HJR 8 unanimously passed the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee and will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee next.
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