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Published — December 13, 2001 Updated — May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm ET

New Mexico

A snapshot of ethics practices in New Mexico

Introduction

New Mexico is one of 27 states in which no outside agency oversees ethical conduct of state legislators. It is one of 8 of those states where any outside oversight for members of the legislature is lumped in with the responsibilities of the secretary of state or attorney general.

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What, if any, ethics agency exists in the state?

New Mexico has an Ethics Administration in the Office of the Secretary of State.
http://www.sos.state.nm.us/ethics.htm

If the above agency does not oversee legislators, is legislative oversight defined in statute?

No. However, New Mexico Statute s.10-16-11 requires the legislature to draft a code of conduct.
http://198.187.128.12/newmexico/lpext.dll?f=templates&fn=fs-main.htm&2.0

Are there state statutes that address ethical conduct for legislators?

Yes. New Mexico Statute, Chapter 10, Article 16, “Government Conduct Act” contains some provisions that apply to legislators.
http://www.sos.state.nm.us/PDF/gca1.pdf

When were the ethics statutes enacted?

1967

Where do legislators file outside interest disclosures?

New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State, Ethics Administration. See Info Resources.
http://www.sos.state.nm.us/ethics.htm

Where do legislators file campaign finance disclosures?

New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State, Ethics Administration
http://www.sos.state.nm.us/ethics.htm

Where are lobbying disclosures filed?

New Mexico Office of the Secretary of State, Ethics Administration
http://www.sos.state.nm.us/ethics.htm

Note: Some information provided by the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws’ “Ethics Update” 2000. For more information or to purchase the reference, visit www.cogel.org.

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