Issue: Good Goverment


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Policy Change

In 2017, the New Mexico First focus groups informed multiple policy discussions about ethics reform. This issue had been advanced for over a decade by multiple organizations including Common Cause of New Mexico. The legislature passed described a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to establish a New Mexico Ethics Commission:

  • HJR 8: STATE ETHICS COMMISSION: This joint resolution calls for an amendment to Article 5 of the constitution of New Mexico to create an independent state ethics commission with jurisdiction to investigate and issue advisory opinions and exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate civil violations of laws governing standards of conduct. Authority would include campaigns of elected and appointed members of the legislature and executive branch, as well as legislative and executive branch state officers and employees, government contractors and lobbyists. PASSED, CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT, GOES TO VOTERS IN 2018

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