January 7, 2020 •
New Mexico State Ethics Commission Opens
The New Mexico state ethics commission opened on January 2.
The commission was created by a constitutional amendment passed in November 2018.
The seven member-structure was specified in a bill signed last March by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Former Judge William F. Lang was appointed by Lujan Grisham to be the commission’s first chairman.
The commission will issue advisory opinions regarding campaign finance, government contracts, and lobbying disclosure law and will investigate complaints of potential violations.
The alleged offense must have occurred after June of 2019, and all accusations will be confidential until the commission decides to hold a public hearing.
The commission has the authority to impose civil penalties and can recommend disciplinary action, including impeachment.
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