Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, are the 26th and 27th lawmakers to respond to NMID’s request for information. Other legislative leaders who have made their allocations public are House Speaker Don Tripp and House Minority Leader Brian Egolf.
New Mexicans, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, wants you to file ethics complaints. Suspect a state lawmaker is corrupt? No need for an independent state ethics commission. File a complaint — a letter is all it takes — with the Interim Legislative Ethics committee. Lopez thinks the current system works fine.
The 2016 legislative session closed with a whimper yesterday, with many lawmakers twiddling their thumbs waiting for the clock to hit noon so they could go home. In the end, Governor Martinez will receive this year around half the number of bills passed in the previous three 30-day sessions. High expectations that the state legislature would pass significant ethics and transparency measures were dashed. State lawmakers largely sat on their hands.
In less than an hour Tuesday morning, the Senate Rules Committee killed two good-government proposals, helping cement the Senate’s reputation as the place where ethics and transparency legislation goes to die. One proposal, HJR 5, would have asked voters in November to create a state ethics commission, an idea the New Mexico Legislature has contemplated since 2007. The other, HB 137, would have required lobbyists to report in more detail what they spend on state lawmakers and other public officials. There was not much debate on that legislation before its quick death. There was more back-and-forth on the ethics commission proposal.