Martinez Signs 72-Hour Public Meeting Notice Law

Mar 27, 2013

New Mexicans will have more notice about public meetings under legislation that has been signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Governmental groups, ranging from city councils to school boards and state regulators, will be required to make their meeting agendas publicly available 72 hours in advance. They currently must provide a 24-hour notice of a public meeting agenda.

Supporters say the new law will foster greater openness in government and may allow more people to attend meetings by giving them a longer notice of what will be discussed or acted upon.

The measure takes effect June 14.

Martinez also signed other bills Wednesday in Albuquerque, including one to tighten the rules when government agencies can issue contracts to a vendor without soliciting competitive bids.

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