2019 Dixon Nomination Form

The online nomination form for the 2019 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award is below. The award is given to those who believe in government transparency at the state or local level – and who have made significant contributions to casting sunshine (transparency) in government operations in New Mexico.  

IPRA Bootcamp

Are your IPRA requests denied, ignored or deemed “overly burdensome?” Learn the key to unlocking public records. Join FOG and the City of Albuquerque on Friday, May 17, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. We’ll clarify what is a record. We’ll provide tips and techniques to help you access a record. We’ll explore how Read More …

Appeals Court Sides With FOG

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Tuesday reversed a lower court ruling in part and sided with the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) in reaffirming that the awarding of attorney fees is important to enforcement of the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). The decision overturned a finding by a district court that Read More …

Fee policy violates IPRA

Santa Fe, N.M. — April 11, 2019 — The New Mexico Attorney General today issued a determination stating the Santa Fe Regional Emergency Communications Center’s (RECC) fee policy “plainly violates the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA),” and its insistence on charging a Santa Fe reporter $30 for a tape of a 911 call is Read More …

Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week is a national initiative held annually in March to bring greater awareness to issues of transparency in government.  This year Sunshine Week is March 10 – 16, 2019. Click here to read a Sunshine Week Op-Ed by Lucas Peerman, the news director of the Las Cruces Sun-News and a FOG board member. The Read More …

SB 619 Far Too Secretive

Senate Bill 619, creating a State Ethics Commission, is far too secretive and non-transparent.  Any commission created to hold our elected officials to high ethical standards can only be effective if its proceedings are as open as possible.  This bill is deficient in several areas:  It starts from the presumption that all Commission meetings and Read More …

New Legislation Aimed at Promoting Transparency in Government

Attorney General Hector Balderas and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Feb. 13 announced new legislation aimed at increasing transparency in government and reducing access barriers to New Mexico’s citizens and members of the press in their pursuit of public information. HB 26 would limit the amount that public agencies can charge the public Read More …