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Governmental Ethics

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Governor Richardson's Task Force On Ethics Reform: Report Of Recommendations, Garrey E. Carruthers, Suellyn Scarneccia Oct 2006

Governor Richardson's Task Force On Ethics Reform: Report Of Recommendations, Garrey E. Carruthers, Suellyn Scarneccia

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

Governor Bill Richardson created the Governors Task Force on Ethics Reform to develop a comprehensive approach to reforming New Mexico's ethics and campaign finance laws. During the course of its work, the task force discussed issues pertinent to campaign finance, governmental conduct, legislative compensation and prevention and enforcement. After discussing the broad range of issues to be included in a recommended reform package, the task force members agreed to make recommendations to establish a state ethics commission; to limit the receipt of gifts by state officials; to establish campaign contribution limits; to strengthen campaign reporting laws; to provide legislative ...


Agenda--October 3, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Oct 2006

Agenda--October 3, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a proposed agenda for the October 3, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Draft Minutes Of The Seventh Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Sep 2006

Draft Minutes Of The Seventh Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

These are the minutes for the September 20-21, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Agenda--September 20-21, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Sep 2006

Agenda--September 20-21, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a proposed agenda for the September 20-21, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Agenda--August 29, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Aug 2006

Agenda--August 29, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a proposed agenda for the August 29, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Subcommittee Report On The Establishment Of A State Ethics Commission, Jim Noel, Leonard Sanchez, Stuart Bluestone, Kathy Mccoy, Brad Winter, John Carey Aug 2006

Subcommittee Report On The Establishment Of A State Ethics Commission, Jim Noel, Leonard Sanchez, Stuart Bluestone, Kathy Mccoy, Brad Winter, John Carey

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

The establishment of a State Ethics Commission relates directly to ethics reform in the state of New Mexico. Such a commission does not exist in New Mexico, the establishment of which would represent a tangible and concrete manifestation of a state commitment to ethics reform, as well as the top-down expectation that state officials (elected or otherwise) will be held to the highest standard of conduct in the performance of their duties. In addition, while New Mexico does have statutory proscriptions against certain kinds or conduct or requiring other kinds of conduct (i.e., the Government Conduct Act, the Procurement ...


Approved Minutes Of The Fifth Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Aug 2006

Approved Minutes Of The Fifth Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

These are the minutes for the August 16, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Agenda--August 16, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Aug 2006

Agenda--August 16, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a proposed agenda for the August 16, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Public Comments From July 26, 2006, Suellyn Scarnecchia Jul 2006

Public Comments From July 26, 2006, Suellyn Scarnecchia

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

After the taskforce adjourned on July 26, 2006, a group of people arrived to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting. The following is a summary of those comments and recommendations.


Approved Minutes Of The Fourth Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Jul 2006

Approved Minutes Of The Fourth Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

These are the minutes for the July 26, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Agenda--July 26, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Jul 2006

Agenda--July 26, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a proposed agenda for the July 26, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Approved Minutes Of The Third Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Jun 2006

Approved Minutes Of The Third Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

These are the minutes for the June 28-29, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Agenda--June 28-29, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Jun 2006

Agenda--June 28-29, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a proposed agenda for the June 28-29, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Discussion Group Report: Prevention & Enforcement, Jim Noel, Stuart Bluestone, John Carey, Zachary Shandler Jun 2006

Discussion Group Report: Prevention & Enforcement, Jim Noel, Stuart Bluestone, John Carey, Zachary Shandler

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

New Mexico has a mix of ethical canons and statutes, including the Government Conduct Act, the Procurement Code, Financial Disclosure Act, and others. The Judicial branch has its own code of conduct, as does the Legislative branch. The Government Conduct Act encourages Executive branch agencies to develop and maintain agency specific codes of conduct. It is important to note the distinction between ethical canons, which could result in administrative discipline or sanctions, and criminal/civil statutory provisions, violations of which can result in criminal fines, penalties, etc. This report provides a brief summary of the existing ethics laws, mechanisms for ...


Discussion Group Report: Campaign Finance, Matt Brix, Brad Winter, Andrew Montgomery Jun 2006

Discussion Group Report: Campaign Finance, Matt Brix, Brad Winter, Andrew Montgomery

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

Campaign finance' laws cover the manner in which money is raised, spent and reported by candidate committees, political action committees, political parties and independent expenditure groups. This report will examine existing laws in New Mexico, potential problem areas in those laws and options for amending current laws. The real or perceived influence of money on the political process creates an inevitable tension between the right to free speech on the one hand, and the established norm of one person, one vote on the other. Existing laws governing campaign finance in New Mexico focus on reporting requirements, limits on campaign spending ...


Discussion Group Report: Governmental Conduct, Hilary Tompkins, Gaye Kernan, Maralyn Budke, Justin Miller Jun 2006

Discussion Group Report: Governmental Conduct, Hilary Tompkins, Gaye Kernan, Maralyn Budke, Justin Miller

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

Governmental conduct' covers behavior by a wide range of individuals, engaging in a broad scope of activities, and is addressed by a variety of statutes, rules, and codes of conduct. This report concerns the conduct of all persons occupying a position of public trust in New Mexico: elected officials, appointed officials, and classified and exempt state employees. All of these individuals owe important ethical duties to the citizens of New Mexico. Laws and rules regulating government conduct are largely concerned with 1) restrictions on the behavior of individual actors, and 2) disclosure and reporting of government activities so that those ...


Governmental Conduct, Hilary Tompkins, Gaye Kernan, Maralyn Budke, Justin Miller Jun 2006

Governmental Conduct, Hilary Tompkins, Gaye Kernan, Maralyn Budke, Justin Miller

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This presentation covers the following issues of governmental conduct: gifts, nepotism, lobbying, and conduct of government officials.


Subcommittee Report On Legislative Compensation, Gary E. Carruthers, Maralyn Budke, Jim Noel, Barbara Brazil Jun 2006

Subcommittee Report On Legislative Compensation, Gary E. Carruthers, Maralyn Budke, Jim Noel, Barbara Brazil

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

Currently, under Section 1-19-29.1 NMSA 1978 legislators may use campaign funds for expenditures \u2026 reasonably related to performing the duties of office held, including mail, telephone, and travel expenditures to serve constituents, but excluding personal and legislative session living expenses'. An unintended consequence of allowing campaign funds for performance of duties of the office may be that a legislator(s) may be dependent in some measures on funds given to them by third parties who have specific interests they are promoting or supporting. In addition to the perception that legislators may be receiving contributions for political consideration, there is ...


Subcommittee Membership, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Jun 2006

Subcommittee Membership, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a list of subcommittee members of Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Subcommittee Report On Campaign Finance, Andrew Montgomery, Barbara Brazil, Justin Miller, Jim Noel, Hilary Tompkins Jun 2006

Subcommittee Report On Campaign Finance, Andrew Montgomery, Barbara Brazil, Justin Miller, Jim Noel, Hilary Tompkins

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

New Mexico is one of a minority of 13 states that do not limit most campaign contributions. The United States Supreme Court has recognized that such limits may serve a states compelling interest in preventing corruption and the appearance of corruption in the political process. The Supreme Court has also concluded that reasonable contribution limits do not violate the United States Constitution. This report details several options for the Task Force's consideration, as well as the subcommittee's recommendations. In the 2005 Campaign Disclosure Project — Grading State Disclosure Report, New Mexico received a grade of F for its campaign ...


Subcommittee Report On Gifts, Suellyn Scarneccia, W. Ken Martinez, Matt Brix Jun 2006

Subcommittee Report On Gifts, Suellyn Scarneccia, W. Ken Martinez, Matt Brix

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

The giving of gifts to show ones appreciation is a valued tradition in New Mexico. However, the giving of gifts to public officials by persons financially interested in their official actions may have a corrupting influence. A clear statutory bright line definition as to when gifts are not acceptable, beyond the current quid pro quo standard, would provide a necessary foundation for effective regulation of lobbying and campaign finance. A clear definition would also make it easier for both public officials and citizens to comply, and thus increase the publics confidence in its government. This report reviews some options for ...


Subcommittee Report On Public Financing Of Campaigns, Matt Brix, Dede Feldman, Stuart Bluestone, Stewart Udall Jun 2006

Subcommittee Report On Public Financing Of Campaigns, Matt Brix, Dede Feldman, Stuart Bluestone, Stewart Udall

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

Broadly speaking, the Ethics and Campaign Reform Task Force has been assembled to develop constructive methods for removing the adverse effects of money on the political system and improving public confidence in the integrity of state government operations. There probably is no single more effective way to achieve this broad mandate than to remove the influence, access and problems due to political campaign contributions by having New Mexico join the leading vanguard of states and municipalities that provide public financing of elections. Not only would public financing help remove the real influence of money on the political process, it would ...


Should The State Treasurer And The State Auditor Be Appointed?, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform Jun 2006

Should The State Treasurer And The State Auditor Be Appointed?, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

The impetus for this issue arises from the difficulty of disciplining or removing an official from elective office in the case of misconduct. Currently, the only provision for enforcement is impeachment. Impeachment is an expensive and burdensome procedure, especially for legislators who must devote great amounts of extra time. Also, voters are wary of any process which overturns their will as expressed at the polls. The practical effect of this situation is to remove accountability from these offices. The checks and balances that are central to successful governance are absent. Below is a discussion of whether making State Treasurer and ...


Approved Minutes Of The Second Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform May 2006

Approved Minutes Of The Second Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

These are the minutes for the May 30, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Agenda--May 30, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform May 2006

Agenda--May 30, 2006, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

This is a proposed agenda for the May 30, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.


Approved Minutes Of The First Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform May 2006

Approved Minutes Of The First Meeting Of The Governor's Ethics And Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, Governor's Task Force On Ethics Reform

Governor Richardson's Task Force on Ethics Reform (2006)

These are the minutes for the May 3, 2006 meeting of the Governor's Task Force on Ethics Reform.