Lawmaker wants judicial finance statements online

Posted at: 01/27/2014 8:50 AM
By: The Associated Press



SANTA FE (AP) - A state lawmaker is proposing that financial disclosure statements of New Mexico's judges be posted online.
    
Democratic Sen. Jacob Candelaria of Albuquerque said his measure would increase governmental transparency.
    
Judges and other government officials must file annual financial statements with the secretary of state disclosing sources of income and business interests.
    
A spokesman for the secretary of state's office said the agency stopped online posting of all financial disclosures after some officials voiced security concerns because the forms listed residential addresses and personal identifying information. The disclosures can be obtained through a public records request.
    
Candelaria's legislation calls for posting disclosures of judges on the secretary of state's web site and the state's online "sunshine portal."

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