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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 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. 

2018 Schedule

Subject to change.

Aztec Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm San Juan County Administration Building
100 S. Oliver Drive
Aztec, NM 87410
Silver City Thursday, April 26, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Western New Mexico University
1000 W College Ave
Silver City, NM 88062
Hobbs Thursday, May 17, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm City of Hobbs Commission Chambers
200 E Broadway St
Hobbs, NM 88240
Las Vegas Thursday, June 14, 2018 9:30 am - 12:30 pm NMHU Student Union Building
800 University Avenue
Las Vegas, N.M 87701
Gallup Friday, August 24, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Gallup Event Center
210 South Second Street
Gallup, NM 87301
Las Cruces Thursday, October 4, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm TBA
Rio Rancho Wednesday, December 12, 2018 9:30 am - 12:30 pm TBA


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.