Bill Would Expand Online Information

New Mexico – The Senate has approved legislation that would allow New Mexico residents to track spending by state agencies through a Web portal for access to government information.

The measure by Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, requires the Department of Information Technology to establish a Web site by July 2011 to provide a wide range of information about state government.

The information would include the operating budgets of agencies, monthly expenditures, revenue collections from fees and taxes, a summary of state investment accounts and a directory of government jobs and their salaries.

The measure was amended on the Senate floor to require the listing of government jobs to disclose the names of workers in those positions.

Rue says much of the information is already available, just not in a user-friendly format.

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