New Mexico attorney general decides against appealing records-law ruling

Attorney General Hector Balderas seemed poised to appeal after a state court ruled against his office last month in a lawsuit over New Mexico’s open-records law. But amid mounting concerns from advocates of government transparency that he could undermine what they viewed as a big win for the public’s right to know, Balderas ruled out…

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NMFOG names new executive director

The Board of Directors of the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government announced this week that Melanie Majors, whose 25-year professional career in New Mexico has spanned the fields of journalism, communications and public relations, is the organization’s new executive director. Founded in 1989, FOG is a non-profit organization with a singular mission to educate…

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Sunshine Portal keeps New Mexico in the dark

SANTA FE – Call up New Mexico’s transparency website and you’ll find the contact information for three state employees ready to help answer questions. But one of those employees, Robert McEntyre, left state government eight months ago. And the site misspells the name of another, Wyndham Kemsley. The problems go well beyond that, says state Sen….

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New Mexico bills flounder on both transparency, secrecy

Residents of New Mexico may be none the wiser when it comes to information about independent political expenditures and everyday spending by lobbyists after key transparency measures were vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. At the same time, a long list of anti-transparency initiatives designed to restrict access to government information floundered during this year’s 60-day legislative session.

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Public records audit details response of New Mexico offices

An audit by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government found it took anywhere from two days to several weeks for many government offices in the state to fulfill public records requests and more than a dozen failed to respond at all.

The open government advocacy group released the findings of its audit Tuesday. It marked the foundation's first public records audit in four years.  Continue…

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New Mexico AG promises more FOI enforcement

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has created an Open Government Division within his office to beef up enforcement of New Mexico’s freedom-of-information laws, and though the process has had a few hiccups, transparency advocates are optimistic that the office will be more aggressive.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has long complained that the office, through several administrations, has never prioritized enforcement of the state’s laws guaranteeing access to public records and meetings.

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New Mexico: Open Government Advocates Sue Department Of Health For Names Of Medical Marijuana Producers

(ALBUQUERQUE) – The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) and freelance journalist Peter St. Cyr today filed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Department of Health asking the court to declare invalid the DOH regulations which keep secret the names of licensed medical marijuana producers.

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Open Government Group Demands Public Records Regarding Albuquerque Schools Chief Investigation

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, today filed an Inspection of Public Records Act request asking for the investigation report prepared for the Albuquerque Public School Board about former Superintendent Winston Brooks. Last Friday, Brooks and APS entered into a settlement agreement in which Brooks resigned in return for a $350,000 payment by APS.

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