Inspection of Public Records Act
AG Guidance to Public Entities Regarding OMA and IPRA Compliance During COVID-19 State of Emergency
Attorney General Balderas issued the following guidance to public entities across the State of New Mexico regarding their ongoing obligations to comply with the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) during the state of emergency in New Mexico.
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.
Complaints about possible violations, or questions pertaining to IPRA 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.
The Office of the New Mexico Attorney General regularly conducts educational presentations on these “Sunshine Laws” throughout the state.
The purpose of the presentation 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’s Sunshine Laws, the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). These events are open to all interested members and staff of state and local governments, school boards, commissions, media, and the general public. The first 90 minutes of each presentation addresses OMA followed by IPRA, and individuals can attend either or both trainings.
Upcoming Training Sessions
See the Events page for upcoming Sunshine Laws – Training Sessions.
Though the trainings are offered at NO CHARGE, we do ask that you RSVP to Heather Sandoval at email@example.com or by telephone at (505) 717-3581. We look forward to your attendance. Please extend this invitation to others who may benefit from learning and understanding New Mexico’s Sunshine Laws.
OMA and IPRA Virtual Training
Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency and the Governor’s Orders, the Office of the Attorney General will not have in person trainings for Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) at this time. If you are interested in a virtual training, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.