NM proposal limits legislative email disclosure

Posted at: 03/08/2013 2:53 PM
By: BARRY MASSEY Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A House committee has approved a proposal that could protect the email of legislators from being publicly disclosed through requests under a New Mexico open government law.

The Rules and Order of Business Committee on Friday unanimously endorsed a proposed change in legislative rules to set a policy for how the Legislature will handle requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act.

House Republican Leader Donald Bratton of Hobbs said he viewed the policy as limiting the disclosure of email sent and received by lawmakers involving legislative matters.

He said communication with constituents or others about the development of legislation should be confidential.

The proposal needs approval by the House and Senate before it takes effect. State law provides access to public records with certain exceptions.

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