Open Records Dispute

New Mexico – Attorney General Gary King says Gov. Bill Richardson's office may have violated New Mexico's open records law by not disclosing the names of 59 appointive state workers who lost their jobs because of budget cuts.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government had filed a complaint with the attorney general, contending that 98 pages of material released by the governor's office wasn't responsive to records requests from the news media. The documents did not disclose the names of the workers who lost their jobs, the agencies they worked for or their salaries.

The attorney general urged Richardson's office this week in a letter to determine whether it has additional records.

A spokesman for Richardson on Friday strongly disagreed with the attorney general's opinion.

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