Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pile of government transparency bills moving this session

Open government advocates including the New Mexico Press Association and the Foundation for Open Government are pushing several measures this session that would open up state government to the public and the media. Here's the roundup I did of some of the bills for today's paper.

One of the measures, to open conference committees to the public, comes up today in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. Advocates for ten years have tried that one, and although they point to Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez's recent statement that this could be the year the bill passes, he said yesterday he doesn't support the measure.

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