Open Meetings Act Compliance Guide
Dear Public Officials and Concerned Citizens:
Public access to the proceedings and decision-making processes of governmental boards, agencies and commissions is an essential element of a properly
functioning democracy. In a comment applicable to open government, Justice Louis Brandeis once observed that “sunshine is the best disinfectant.” I agree wholeheartedly. As former President Harry S. Truman later put it even more succinctly: “Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.”
Like you, I believe strongly in open government. Meetings held by public officials to discuss public business, particularly when conducted with the public
taxpayers’ money, are the taxpayers’ business. The Open Meetings Act is one of New Mexico’s “good government” laws, and it deserves the full support of all New Mexicans.
As Attorney General, I am charged by law with the responsibility to enforce the provisions of the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. I take that charge seriously. The publication of this Compliance Guide is one of the ways this office carries out its responsibility. We hope that it will serve as an effective resource for policymakers and the public alike.
Thank you for your interest and concern.
GARY K. KING