All you database and open government wonks can rejoice: Gov. Bill Richardson has signed HB 546, which puts onilne a searchable database of contracts worth $20,000 or more.
Lt. Gov. Diane Denish issued a statement hailing Richardson's signature of the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Al Park, D-Albuquerque.
"New Mexicans deserve to know who is doing business with their government. This law will enable all citizens to track state government contracts, follow the flow of public money, and understand how it is being used," she said. "Ethics reform in government starts with transparency, and I’m proud to have worked hard on this effort which guarantees more sunshine on the business of government."
The bill takes effect Jan. 1, 2010.