Common Cause New Mexico

 

 

2009 Session UPDATES

 

For the duration of the 2009 legislative session, Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) will lobby hard for much-needed ethics and election reforms. Here are the bills that have been introduced so far:

 

1) SB 140: State Ethics Commission Act (Feldman)

Current Location: Senate Rules Committee 

 

2) HB 151: State Ethics Commission Act (Park)

Current Location: House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee

 

3) SB 139: State Ethics Commission Act (Campos)

Current Location:

 

4) SB 116: Limit Contributions to Candidates and PACs (Feldman)

Current Location: Senate Rules Committee

 

5) HB 252: Political Contributions to Candidates (Park)

Current Location: House Voters and Elections Committee 

 

6) SB 165: Public Campaign Act (Griego)

Current Location: Senate Rules Committee

 

7) HB 253: Quarterly Filing of Certain Campaign Reports (Park)

Current Location: House Voters and Elections Committee

 

8) HB 272: Quarterly Campaign Report Filing (Chasey)

Current Location: House Voters and Elections Committee 

 

9) SB 150: Open Conference Committees (Feldman)

Current Location: Senate Rules Committee 

 

10) SB 163: Prohibit Former Legislators As Lobbyists (Griego)

Current Location: Senate Rules Committee 

 

11) SB 94: Prohibit Former Legislators As Lobbyists (Boitano)

Current Location: Senate Rules Committee 

 

12) HB 99: Prohibit Former Legislators As Lobbyists (O'Neill)

Current Location: House Health and Government Services Committee

 

13) HB 52: Same Day Voter Registration (Trujillo)

Current Location: House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee

 

That's quite a number of bills. Over the next couple days, Common Cause NM will analyze each proposal, provide brief descriptions of each one and make recommendations for which bills we believe deserve the public's support.

 

Also, Republican State Representative Janice Arnold-Jones has become the new hero of open government in New Mexico by improvising a creative (partial) solution to the legislative leaderships' decision to once again block webcasting of legislative proceedings.

 

Stay tuned!


 

The Nation is Watching

 

Recent news about actual and alleged government corruption in New Mexico has brought renewed interest in ethics reform. The weakness of our state's ethics regulations as compared with almost every other state in the country has even received national attention. Here's a sampling of some of the recent media attention:

 

New York Times article on New Mexico's weak ethics laws (sign-in required)

 

Wall Street Journal article on New Mexico's weak ethics laws

 

Weekly Alibi feature outlining recent NM ethics scandals and what laws should be passed to address them

 

New Mexico Independent article about the implications of recent news stories on ethics reform in New Mexico

 

CCNM on KOB-TV Channel 4's "Eye on New Mexico"

 

CCNM on KNME-TV Channel 5's "New Mexico in Focus" 


 

 

2008 Post-Election Analysis Released

 

Common Cause New Mexico announces the release of "Count Every Vote New Mexico, 2008 Election Report," an analysis of election protection activities during the 2008 election cycle, as well as suggestions for legislative and regulatory reforms designed to improve election administration in New Mexico. Read the full report by clicking here.


  

Common Cause Works for New Mexicans

 

Common Cause New Mexico is one of almost three dozen state branches of Common Cause, a non-profit, non-partisan citizens' lobby organization. We believe that by banding together, citizens can make a difference. We throw a spotlight on issues that affect all New Mexicans. We work to strengthen public participation and to ensure that the political process serve the public interest, rather than the special interests. Our purpose is clear: make public officials and public institutions accountable and responsive to citizens.  Learn more about us!


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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 278, Albuquerque, NM 87103
Physical Location: 113 Sixth Street NW, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87102

 

Phone: (505) 323-6399
Fax: (505) 323-6399 (call first)

 

Email Address (Executive Director Steven Robert Allen): sallen[at]commoncause.org