New Mexico Freedom of Information

The Inspection of Public Record Act is a series of laws under Chapter 14 of the New Mexico Statutes.  The Act is designed to guarantee that the public has access to public records of governmental bodies in New Mexico.

Pursuant to the Act, “recognizing that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, the intent of the legislature in enacting the Inspection of Public Records Act (14-2-4 NMSA 1978) is to ensure, and it is declared to be the public policy of the state, that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of public officers and employees.  It is the further intent of the legislature, and it is declared to be the public policy of the state, that to provide persons with such information is an essential function of a representative government and an integral part of the routine duties of public officers and employees.”

The New Mexico Open Meetings Act, as a part of freedom of information, provides the methods by which public meetings are conducted.  Statutes 10-15-1 to 10-15-4 of the New Mexico Annotated Statutes define the law.  The Act provides that “in recognition of the fact that a representative government is dependent upon an informed electorate, it is declared to be public policy of this state that all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those officers and employees who represent them.  The formation of public policy or the conduct of business by vote shall not be conducted in closed meeting.  All meetings of any public body except the legislature and the courts shall be public meetings, and all persons desiring shall be permitted to attend and listen to the deliberations and proceedings. Reasonable efforts shall be made to accommodate the use of audio and video recording devices.”

 


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