This week, we talk with SFR contributer Sterling Fluharty and New Mexico PBS' Matt Grubs about the Legislature's controversial attempt to shield its communications from the public record.
Fluharty, who wrote this week's SFR story covering the issue, takes us through how the controversial measure came about—in secrecy—and how it's being fast-tracked with little debate at the end of the 2013 session. Grubs, who's also been following the issue since it broke last week, also gives us insights into what certain lawmakers have been telling him about their thoughts on exempting themselves from key aspects of the state's Inspection of Public Records Act.
The measure has been lambasted by public interest groups like the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and contradicts IPRA interpretations from Attorney General Gary King, whose office has the authority of enforcing IPRA.
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