Online Portal Proposed

New Mexico – New Mexicans could track spending by state agencies under a proposal that would create a Web portal for gaining access to government information.

The measure by Sen. Sander Rue, an Albuquerque Republican, has the support of Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

The legislation requires the Department of Information Technology to establish a Web site by July 2011 to provide a wide range information about state government, including the operating budgets of agencies, their monthly expenditures, revenue collections from fees and taxes and a directory of government jobs and their salaries.

However, the bill won't require the listing of state jobs to provide the names of workers in the positions.

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