Taos County officials say lunches only meals, not deals

From Santa Fe New Mexican: TAOS — A quorum of the Taos County Commission meets regularly to have lunch, but commissioners insist that they discuss no county business.

County officials say the lunches are within the state’s sunshine laws, but an attorney with the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government told The Taos News he questions whether this is an ethical practice, and says it is teetering on the edge of illegal.


NMFOG: New Mexico Attorney General and Human Services Department release heavily redacted behavioral health audit

Press release from The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government:  Albuquerque – In response to a lawsuit filed by The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG), the Attorney General of New Mexico and the New Mexico Human Services Department (HSD) today (Oct. 18, 2013) released some new portions of the Behavioral Health Audit report, which HSD relied upon in halting Medicaid payments to health care providers in New Mexico until new management was put in place.


New Mexico Foundation for Open Government mulled kudos for Martinez, King

From Santa Fe New Mexican: Just weeks before the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government sued Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration for withholding a controversial audit report, the chairwoman of the foundation’s executive board was pitching the idea of giving Martinez — as well as Attorney General Gary King — an award for government transparency.


Editorial: Shining a light in dark corners

From Santa Fe New Mexican: (Oct 1, 2013) A government that works in the dark is little good for citizens.

That’s why the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government was formed back in 1989. Its purpose is simple: to keep the light shining on the actions of public officials who might prefer to do business behind closed doors.

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NFOIC’s State FOIA Friday for September 20, 2013

From NFOIC:  A few state FOIA and local open government news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier in the week. While you're at it, be sure to check out State FOIA Friday Archives.


NMFOG sues AG’s office, HSD to release behavioral health audit

From New Mexico Telegram: An open government group announced it would sue for the release of a behavioral health audit from the Attorney General’s office as well as the Human Services Department.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government made the announcement in a Tuesday afternoon press release.


NM governor’s past calendars now online; political activities not included

From Albuquerque Journal: SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez’s office began posting the governor’s past calendars on the Internet on Friday, responding to media demands for more details about her schedule.


The Associated Press had been seeking copies of the governor’s schedule since late 2011. In addition, the Santa Fe Reporter recently filed a lawsuit alleging Martinez, among other things, violated the state’s open record laws by withholding information about her calendar.


New Mexico groups sue for release of behavioral health audit

From New Mexico Telegram:  One of the main points of controversy in the suspension of funding to behavioral health providers is the secrecy of the audit that prompted the findings.

Various media outlets, and the accused non-profits themselves, have sought to see the audit. So far, only ancillary portions of the audit have been released.


NMFOG announces 2013 Dixon Freedom Award winners

From New Mexico Foundation for Open Government:  Five recipients were selected by FOG Board members to receive the organization’s top award for open government. The award, which has been given since 2002, honors NM FOG co-founder and longtime Board member William S. Dixon. Dixon was an attorney and leading defender of the First Amendment and public rights under the New Mexico Open Meetings Act (OMA) and Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).