Resources

RESOURCES OVERVIEW 

The State Ethics Commission provides education and compliance resources to New Mexico’s public officials, employees, and members of the public. 

Key resources on this page include:

1) Proposed Legislation that accompanies the Commission’s statutorily required annual reports to the New Mexico Legislature and Governor. 

2) The Commission’s model code of ethics, promulgated at 1.8.4 NMAC, which provides a blueprint for agencies and public officials as they adopt or amend their own codes of conduct. The Commission’s model code is a comprehensive compilation of ethical standards for government officials in New Mexico and includes commentary and examples for how the rules apply in context.

3) Training materials from the Commission’s past trainings on government ethics. 

4) A list of past trainings offered (which agencies and government entities may request) as well as upcoming trainings.

PROPOSED LEGISLATION

 This section provides for legislative recommendations proposed by the Commission in its annual reports.

2021 Proposed Legislation

In 2021, the State Ethics Commission proposed legislative recommendations on the Lobbyist Regulation Act, Campaign Reporting Act, State Ethics Commission Act, and the most extensive, the Financial Disclosure Act, which the Commission proposed fully replacing with a new law. To review the Commissions proposed legislative recommendations for 2021 in depth, Click Here to view the Commission’s 2021 Annual Report

  • Disclosure Act (Replacement for Financial Disclosure Act)
    (Pages 28 – 43 of 2021 Annual Report)

  • Amendments to the Lobbyist Regulation Act
    (Pages 22 – 23 of 2021 Annual Report)
  • Amendments to the Campaign Reporting Act 
    (Pages 22 – 23 of 2021 Annual Report)
  • Amendments to the State Ethics Commission Act
    (Pages 23 – 24 of 2021 Annual Report)

2020 Proposed Legislation

In 2020, (The State Ethics Commission’s first year in operation) the Commission proposed legislative recommendations on the State Ethics Commission Act, Campaign Reporting Act, Lobbyist Regulation Act, Voter Action Act, and Financial Disclosure Act. To review the Commissions proposed legislative recommendations for 2020 in depth, Click Here to view the Commission’s 2020 Annual Report

  • Amendments to the State Ethics Commission Act
    (Page 15 of 2020 Annual Report)
  • Amendments to the Campaign Reporting Act 
    (Pages 16 – 18 of 2020 Annual Report)
  • Amendments to the Lobbyist Regulation Act
    (Page 16 – 18 of 2020 Annual Report)
  • Amendments to the Voter Action Act 
    (Page 16 of 2020 Annual Report)
  • Amendments to the Financial Disclosure Act 
    (Page 16 of 2020 Annual Report)

Implemented Legislation

2021

  • Amendments to Several Laws Administered by the Ethics Commission (HB 244)
    HB 244 Clarified administrative enforcement duties shared between the SEC and Secretary of State with respect to the campaign Reporting Act, Voter Action Act, Financial Disclosure Act, and Lobbyist Regulation Act; provided rulemaking authority; required that Ethics Commissioners file annual financial disclosures; removed the requirement that ethics complaints must be notarized; clarified venue provisions with in the State Ethics Commission Act regarding Court actions by the SEC, required a new acknowledgement by political committee treasurers; and provided for the resignation and replacement of political committee treasurers. 

MODEL CODE OF ETHICS 

In 2020, the State Ethics Commission approved a model code of ethics, promulgated at 1.8.4 NMAC.  The code includes an executive summary, the code provisions approved by the State Ethics Commission, and corresponding commentary and examples applying the model code provisions in particular hypothetical circumstances.

 

TRAINING MATERIALS 

The Commission provides trainings to legislators, government officials and employees, attorneys who practice before the Commission, and interested members of the public. Examples of the materials developed for those trainings are provided below

 

TRAININGS

 

Upcoming Trainings & CLEs

For information on upcoming trainings and CLEs, or to make a request for a training, contact the Commission’s Deputy General Counsel, Rebecca Branch: Rebecca.Branch2@state.nm.us | 505-362-7407

Past Trainings & CLEs

  • January 22, 2021 – Live webinar via Zoom – Basic Public Ethics Law in New Mexico, presented to Village of Los Ranchos and Village of Corrales (Paul Biderman & Rebecca Branch, Deputy General Counsel)
  • October 16, 2020 – Live Webinar via Zoom — Public Law Section Administrative Law Institute: State Ethics Commission Rules of Procedure on Administrative Complaints. (Attorney CLE credit) (Director Farris).
  • September 15, 2020 – Live Webinar via Zoom — Filing and Litigating Complaints Before the State Ethics Commission. (Attorney CLE credit) (Director Farris and General Counsel Boyd).
  • June 5, 2020 – Live Webinar via Zoom — Filing and Litigating Complaints Before the State Ethics Commission. (Attorney CLE credit) (Director Farris and General Counsel Boyd).
  • November 22, 2019 – General Services Department Risk Management Annual CLE — The State Ethics Commission: Structure and Jurisdiction (Attorney CLE credit) (Commissioner Bluestone & Director Farris)
  • October 27, 2019 – New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration 2019 Lunch and Learn Series — The Anti-Donation Clause’s Past, Present & Future (Director Farris)
  • October 24, 2019 – New Mexico Public Procurement Institute — The State Ethics Commission: Structure and Procurement Code Jurisdiction (Director Farris)
  • September 30, 2019 – NM Capitol Counsel & Consulting Presentation — The State Ethics Commission: Structure and Jurisdiction (Attorney CLE credit) (Commissioner Bluestone)