New Mexico has a colorful history of corruption in public office and good governance is never easy when our leaders do not operate with the highest of ethical standards.
When I came to the legislature in 2011, I did so with a goal of strengthening our public corruption laws. I sponsored legislation that restricted public officials from lobbying jobs for two years after serving in office, placed a limit on the Gift Act, and required public officers to attend two hours of ethics education training every year.
I fought to enhance New Mexico’s sunshine laws and to increase the notice of public meetings from 24 hours to 72 hours so that more New Mexicans can participate in their government. I have worked every year to enhance public corruption laws and continue to sponsor and support legislation that enhances criminal penalties for elected public officials found guilty of corruption while in office.
The citizens of New Mexico have a right to know what their elected leaders are doing on their behalf and whether or not they are operating under the highest of ethical standards.