N.M. open government group fights against settlement secrecy

From Daily Camera:

SANTA FE, N.M. — A group advocating for open government is asking a state agency to prohibit confidentiality provisions that restrict public disclosure of settlements with investment firms, such as those under investigation in an alleged pay-to-play scheme.
The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is upset because the State Investment Council reached a $250,000 settlement that wasn't made public for more than a year because the agency agreed not to issue a press release or voluntarily announce the deal with a California-based investment firm.

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