Transparency is the key to democracy

Democracy depends on a transparent government, yet despite the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and the Open Meetings Act (OMA) — laws ensuring the public’s right to learn about their government through access to public records and public meetings — some government officials still regularly ignore the law. As the nation celebrates Read More …

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Statement on the signing of HB 364

While the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) appreciates Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public expressions of support for transparency in government, only time will tell whether courts will construe the problematic provisions of House Bill 364 in the way the governor would like them construed or in the way they’re actually written.  FOG urges Read More …

Appeals Court Rules Email Address In Government Documents Are Public Records

The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Jan. 31, 2020, confirmed a district court ruling that email addresses of applicants for hunting licenses are public records subject to disclosure under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). The case stems from a 2017 IPRA request made by former Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn to the Department Read More …

FOG welcomes new board members

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has elected four new members to its Board of Directors.  They are: Billie Blair of Santa Fe, Heather Ferguson of Albuquerque, Jessica Onsurez of Carlsbad and Kristelle Siarza of Albuquerque. Billie Blair is a consultant in media and marketing, previously serving as Associate Publisher and Editor of the Read More …