Lawmakers approve rule effectively exempting themselves from some public-records requests

From Santa Fe Reporter:

On Wednesday, the Legislative Council Service provided SFR with relatively few of the legislative emails sought in a public-records request filed last Friday. The LCS says the rest of the emails were “exempt from disclosure,” even though the response was sent before lawmakers approved a rule effectively exempting them from public-records reqeusts.

SFR published an article this week on how House Concurrent Resolution 1, sponsored by House Minority Leader Don Bratton, R-Lea, and House Speaker Ken Martinez, D-Cibola, will likely limit the public’s access to lawmakers’ emails and other written communications.


Gwyneth Doland, Executive Director of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, tells SFR she has not heard of IPRA responses from LCS mentioning the Speech or Debate Clause. She also says NMFOG and the AG may "end up in a lawsuit" against HCR 1.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is a member of NFOIC. –eds