The first ethics commission enabling legislation, HB 4, was introduced on February 11th. We’re hearing talk of a substitute bill being introduced in the House Judiciary Committee. We’ve analyzed the bill, in depth…but, rather than spend the time to format that soon-to-be moot analysis, we’ll give you a quick thought about how the bill stacks up against NMEW’s recently-published Essential Elements for an Independent Ethics Commission. At the end of this post, we’ll tack on our detailed analysis. While the text of the bill is linked above, you can find the legislature’s page for the bill here.
And then there were two!
Yesterday, SB 619, the second piece of ethics commission enabling legislation was introduced in the Senate. The bill differs markedly from the previously-introduced HB 4. We’ll be doing a comparison of the bills as we’re able. What we’re giving you now, below, shows how the provisions of SB 619 contain or agree with the necessary elements we identified in our Essential Elements for an Independent Ethics Commission document. While the text of the bill is linked above, you can find the legislature’s page for the bill here.