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Stephanie Garcia Richard

Voters Could Choose Open Primaries

Jan 26, 2016
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New Mexico’s independent voters could be allowed to participate in primary elections if a proposed constitutional amendment is successful.

How A Reform Bill Loses Its Teeth In 60 Days

Mar 25, 2015
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For 60 days, New Mexico’s lawmakers debated in legislative committees and in hallways of the Roundhouse whether or not to reveal to the public how lobbyists go about influencing legislators.

The answer came back “not” last week.

Stripped-Down Lobbyist Disclosure Advances

Mar 9, 2015
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After stalling in committee last month, a bill requiring more transparency from lobbyists cruised through the state House Saturday after hitting only one last speed bump.

On Saturday, state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, unsuccessfully tried to amend the bill on the floor and put some of those requirements back in.

But with just two weeks left in the session, supporters of more transparency for lobbyists say even a stripped-down bill is an important first step.