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Open Meetings Act

The Open Meetings Act (OMA) is a state law, which provides the statutory guidelines for conducting public meetings. The Attorney General has the statutory authority to enforce OMA and to ensure that those public meetings covered by OMA are in compliance with state law. In order to assist the public and those that are covered by OMA we have a full printable copy of our OMA Compliance Guide online.

Complaints about possible violations, or questions pertaining to OMA should be referred to the Open Government Division. The Division enforces the Act by investigating and responding to written complaints from citizens. They can be reached at (505) 490-4060.

Inspection of Public Records Act

The Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) is a New Mexico state law that provides the public and media access to public information. The law requires open access to almost all public records in state and local government, with few exceptions. Under IPRA, the public has the right to take legal action if they are denied access to public records, an important mechanism to empower the public.

The Attorney General has the statutory authority to enforce IPRA, as do district attorneys. A printable copy of our IPRA Compliance Guide is available online. If you have any questions pertaining to IPRA, you may contact the Open Government Division for further information at (505) 490-4060.

Monthly Trainings

Attorneys from the Office of New Mexico Attorney General conduct monthly educational workshops on the "Sunshine Laws" (OMA & IPRA) throughout the state.

The purpose of the workshop is to educate and assist New Mexicans regarding the importance of transparency and compliance as well as the rights of the public under New Mexico law.  These events are open to interested members of state and local governments, school boards, commissions, the media, and the general public.

Santa Fe Wednesday
March 22, 2017
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm State Personnel Office Auditorium
‚Äč2600 Cerrillos Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
Roswell Thursday
April 27, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm TBA
Santa Rosa Wednesday
May 17, 2017
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm TBA
Deming Monday
June 19, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm TBA
Farmington* July TBA TBA
Albuquerque* August TBA TBA

* - Tentative and may be subject to change.

Though the trainings are offered at NO CHARGE, we do ask that you RSVP to Patricia Salazar at roadshows@nmag.gov or by telephone at (505) 490-4863. Please extend this invitation to others who may benefit from learning and understanding New Mexico’s Sunshine Laws.