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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lt. Governor Denish: Sunshine Portal a Huge Step Forward for Accountable Government in NM

The Sunshine Portal Bill, Senate Bill 195, passed the House of Representatives last night by a vote of 68-1. The measure was sponsored by Sen. Sander Rue (R-Albuquerque) and Rep. Nathan Cote (D-Las Cruces). Lt. Gov. Diane Denish worked hard to gain strong bi-partisan support for the bill in both houses of the Legislature. 

The Sunshine Portal would put the state's checkbook and other public information online for the public to inspect. After conflicting amendments, the names of exempt employees (political appointees) and their salaries were put back into the bill, but the names of classified employees and their salaries would not.

“By putting the state’s checkbook online, we’re taking a historic step towards giving New Mexicans the open and accountable government they deserve," Lt. Gov. Denish said in a statement released last night. “The way government spends taxpayer money should be done in the light of day, not behind closed doors. We need a new way of doing business in Santa Fe, where New Mexicans are empowered to hold their elected officials accountable, and the Sunshine Portal will help take us in that new direction.”

The Senate concurred with the amendment by the House, and so Senate Bill 195 will go into effect July of 2011 if signed by the governor.

February 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM in Diane Denish, Ethics & Campaign Reform, NM Legislature 2010, Transparency | Permalink


“The way government spends taxpayer money should be done in the light of day, not behind closed doors." - Lt Gov Denish

Denying webcasting of committee meetings, regular and interim, and the denial of a searchable archive of webcasts, are not "government in the light of day".

As much as Lt Governor Denish has done in the area of transparency, it is a pity that she did not step up on either of these very important issues in time to make a difference.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 18, 2010 3:46:44 PM

Ched you are unbelievable. She is not the governor yet and she is not a legislator. And you think Arnold Jones is good because she defended campaign donations by lobbyists? hahahaha She completely blew her credibility

Posted by: Will | Feb 18, 2010 5:52:03 PM

Denish claims to be a leader in transparent government. She cannot be leading and at the same time waiting.

Your premise, that she has no influence, and will not have any influence for nearly a year, is a strange one as a basis for your support or her.

Lobbyists are human beings. The constitution was written to protect human rights; including the right to make campaign contributions to the candidate of YOUR choice. If the contribution is reported, who cares? The problem is one of disclosure and transparency, and does not justify denying anyone the free exercise of their constitutionally protected human rights.

Representative Janice Arnold-Jones' credibility is in excellent shape.

Yours; a whole different matter.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 18, 2010 6:19:12 PM

Diane Denish; “After all of the talk and posturing, it’s simply unconscionable that the Legislature would walk away without passing a bill to establish a non-partisan, independent ethics commission,” she said. “This is exactly why many New Mexicans have lost faith in their government. We need a new way of doing business in Santa Fe and we need it now.”

Hear hear!

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 18, 2010 7:14:37 PM

It is a shame that LG Denish is so late to the ethic reform party. She has been part of the problem for the last seven years and now that she is running for governor she wants to clean up the system. Where was she the last seven years.

Posted by: Greg Graves | Feb 19, 2010 7:53:36 AM

I see Republicans are out in force on this thread acting a if Denish was governor for 8 years. Wake up, the LG post has very little political power by law.

I see no comments on Domenici Jr's saying he used "recreational drugs" like cocaine for years. I see no comments on why Republicans in droves voted against ethics bills or gutted them. I see "Ched" making excuses for Arnold Jones fighting against stopping lobbyists from making campaign donations. Right-free speech. Odd that she didn't want the "free speech" of lobbyists tampered with but was fine about contractors been banned from making campaign donations.

Posted by: Kalin | Feb 19, 2010 9:17:03 AM

Apparently the bigoted idiots are out in force as well.

You insist on making excuses for Denish based on her lack of constitutional powers. There are other kinds of powers.

If Diane Denish had made the above statement before the end of the legislature, before it was too late, many of her thousands and thousands and thousands of supporters would have gone to Santa Fe and joined her fight.

As it is, it makes no difference.

"Domenici's recreational drug use" is a red herring; it has nothing to do with the argument on the table. Try to stay on point if you can.

Tell me the name of a Republican that voted against an ethics bill and I will comment on them. I have in the past, I will now, and I will in the future. I am happy to stand on my record.

I did not make any excuse for JAJ's legislation.

I owed you an explanation of the argument for the constitutionally protected human right to free speech, I do not owe you an understanding of that argument.

Contractors are a special case. Because they are doing business with the state, the appearance of a conflict of interest is created if they were allowed to contribute to political campaigns.

Creating the appearance of a conflict of interests violates state law. If it does not, I'm not a lawyer, it certainly violates any reasonable ethical standard of conduct.

At the very least, their contributions should be kept small and entirely transparent. imho

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 19, 2010 11:50:18 AM

It really gets boring when "Ched" keeps filling up every thread with Denish's name in it with his same old shit different day. Ok, we get that you love Arnold Jones and don't like Denish. Move on.

Posted by: T. Rex | Feb 19, 2010 12:40:45 PM

Denish is not in power yet. That is all there is to it. Trying to hang Richardson around her neck is just false logic because she had no power, no say, was not really kept informed and was generally given busy work to keep her in the public eye. Richardson does not share power or credit.

Posted by: qofdisks | Feb 19, 2010 12:43:13 PM

This from a guy who went looking for a purpose in life, and stopped looking when he got to internet troll.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 19, 2010 12:48:26 PM


I apologize that my response to T Rex ended up under your comment not his. I should have addressed it.

Posted by: ched macquigg | Feb 19, 2010 12:50:18 PM