NMPA Legislative Breakfast
We will be hosting a legislative breakfast at the Rio Chama on Friday February 1st. Breakfast begins at 7:30 AM. Save the date!
For those still in need of a hotel room, we have a small room block at the Hotel Santa Fe. You can make reservations directly by calling 877-259-3409. Rooms are under NM Press Association Group# 10F7L6. The rate is 75.00 per night.
NMPA is putting together informational packets on Independent Contractor guidelines. Please contact the NMPA office if you have any questions or have had any claims made regarding independent contractor status, especially for your carriers. This will help us address specific needs.
2013 Legislative session
Bills on the watch list:
SB 261 All party consent (Oppose)
SB 307 Relating to Public Records (Oppose)
HB 21 Relating to OMA (Support)
We are also monitoring several other bills and will send announcements as needed.
SB 127/261 requiring all parties to consent to recordings is on the agenda for the Public Affairs committee on the afternoon of 1/31. Please contact committee members to let them know you oppose this bill.
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The new features in BetterBNC 4.3 are designed to expand and enhance user experience while minimizing contest administrator interaction. With this new release, we continue adding features and benefits while making user interfaces more intuitive and easy to use. Read more
PRC member favors closed meetings
Milan Simonich, Texas-New Mexico Newspapers
SANTA FE -- Valerie Espinoza, newly elected to the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, began her term by suggesting that the agency's leaders hold a closed meeting after every public session.
Her idea, offered at a public meeting, brought an immediate rebuke from a member of the League of Women Voters and a later one from the PRC's chairman. Read more
NMFOG OP-ED: Using personal email makes public business private
Here in New Mexico we're very lucky to have excellent laws that guarantee your right to know what your government is up to. The Inspection of Public Records Act was designed to ensure, as it's authors wrote, "all persons are entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of public officers and employees." But IPRA dates from 1994, when only a small fraction of us had computers on our desks at work. How things have changed! Read more
Proposed legislation would require three days of notice before public meetings
Julie Ann Grimm | The New Mexican
Public bodies would have to publish agendas three days before their meetings under a proposal due to be considered by the state Legislature this year.
New Mexico's Open Meetings Act currently requires city councils, county commissions, school boards and other public bodies to provide at least 24 hours of notice about a meeting. But a bill introduced among pre-filed legislation from Rep. Jim Smith, R-Sandia Park, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, would triple the requirement to 72 hours. Read more
Lawsuit alleges retaliation against former jail administrator
Robin Fornoff CMI CONTENT MANAGING EDITOR
Four days after being fired without comment by Curry County commissioners, former jail Administrator Gerry Billy has filed suit against the county seeking unspecified money damages.
Billy's attorney Eric Dixon filed the suit Friday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque.
The lawsuit charges Billy was fired in violation of his $87,000 a year contract without cause and in violation of his First Amendment rights of free speech. Read more
State to release records on Martinez husband's travel
ALBUQUERQUE - The New Mexico Department of Public Safety says it will release work and vacation schedules of officers who, at taxpayer expense, accompanied Gov. Susana Martinez's husband on an out-of-state trip.
Department of Public Safety spokesman Tony Lynn said the records will be released as directed by Attorney General Gary King, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday.
Two state police officers accompanied Martinez's husband, Chuck Franco, on the 2011 hunting trip to Louisiana.
The documents had been requested under the Inspection of Public Records Act by the executive director of Independent Source PAC, a union-funded political group that has been sharply critical of the Martinez administration. Read more
Charter Schools To Get New Vote
Hailey Heinz / Journal Staff Writer
The state Public Education Commission is planning to re-do its votes on two charter school renewals, after the votes were held one day early without public notice.
The decision to take the votes a day before they were scheduled was made with the OK of an assistant attorney general.
Martin Esquivel, an Albuquerque school board member and attorney who specializes in open government issues, said the commission violated the state Open Meetings Act and that holding a re-vote is not enough. Read more
FIRST AMENDMENT NEWS: Mendoza Defamation and False Light Appeal Dropped
Former Mayor Harry Mendoza dropped his appeal of the final dismissal of his defamation and "false light" lawsuit against The Galluip Independent and Bob Zollinger, the publisher of the paper. Mendoza who eventually pleaded "no contest" to a criminal charge of public affray based on a physical confrontation with Zollingerin in 2010, filed the lawsuit shortly after the confrontation with Zollinger in a Gallup bank parking lot.Mendoza claimed he had been defamed and held in a "false light" due to publications in The Gallup Independent . Read more
NMSU selects firm to assist with presidential search
New Mexico State University has chosen the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities to assist with its selection process for the next president.
NMSU Regents Chair Mike Cheney said using professional services offered by AGB would lend expertise to NMSU that cannot be replicated using other resources.
Nuestra Historia - Kistler sold Optic, faded into obscurity
For 20 years Russ Kistler ran his Optic with bravado and bluster, and by the time he sold the newspaper in about 1898, the Optic was a mainstay in Las Vegas. Yet there is no known photograph or likeness of Kistler, and little is known of his personal life, or his pursuits after he sold the Optic - but that may soon change. Read more
Public Notice promotion
Thanks to Maria Lopez Garcia and the Rio Grande SUN we have new promotional ads letting the public know they now have several options to find notices: in print, the NMPA website, sunshineportlanm.com and now newmexico.gov. The state websites do not upload our content, they only provide a link to the existing website. Please run the ads as space permits. Not only does it let the public know where to find these notices, it will also be instrumental in the upcoming legislative session to make legislators aware of how the newspaper industry has made these notices accessible and a clear message to any outside interests that have thoughts of creating new public notice websites that newspapers already have that covered. No other medium can deliver public notices to the public in print and online like newspapers can. Find the ads online at NMPA Public Notice Ads.
There are a series of upcoming webinar training sessions offered through Inland Press. NMPA members are afforded special member prices through co-sponsorship of these convient training sessions. Please take a look at the upcoming topics on the left hand side of this newsletter. Clicking on the title will bring you to the registration page and provide additional information.