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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

The Office of New Mexico Attorney General is conducting an educational workshops on the "Sunshine Laws" (OMA & IPRA) throughout the state.

The purpose of the workshops are 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 and Inspection of Public Records Act.  These events are open to interested members of state and local governments, school boards, commissions, and the general public.

Santa Rosa Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Santa Rosa High School
Estancia Monday, June 19, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm TBA
Gallup Thursday, July 20, 2017 10:00 am - 1:00 pm El Morro Theatre
207 W. Coal Ave.
Gallup, NM 87301
Farmington Friday, August 18, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm TBA
Carlsbad Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Carlsbad City Hall
Meeting Room # 201
101 N. Halagueno Street
Carlsbad, NM  88220
Albuquerque Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm TBA
Tierra Amarilla Thursday, November 16, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm TBA
Santa Fe Thursday, December 14, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Harold Runnels Building
1190 S. St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505


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. We look forward to your attendance. Please extend this invitation to others who may benefit from learning and understanding New Mexico’s Sunshine Laws.