New Mexico: Victory for open meetings in Court of Appeals decision

Commentary:  In a decision filed Thursday, the New Mexico Court of Appeals held that committees appointed by public bodies must comply with the Open Meetings Act (OMA), and even when meetings are closed due to the attorney-client privilege, substantial OMA requirements still must be met.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and the New Mexico Press Association filed an amicus brief as to the open meetings portion of the case, which challenged the enforceability of the pay-to-play settlements with the State Investment Council. (See pages 36-53 of State Investment Council v. Weinstein et al.)  Continue…