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 the governor and the legislature to work with FOG to clean up the troublesome language during the next legislative session.  Even more importantly, we implore the legislature to reexamine the arcane processes and practices – many of which take place behind closed doors, or at the eleventh hour of the session – that enabled this drafting error to be enacted into law.”

FOG also assumes that the governor will instruct the executive branch that it is not to withhold any public records based on this statute.