The Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) is intended to provide the public with access to information about governmental affairs. This Compliance Guide has been prepared to inform the public, state and local government agencies, and all other public bodies subject to the IPRA about its requirements and applications.
The “Open Meetings Act,” NMSA 1978, Sections 10-15-1 to 10-15-4, is known as a “sunshine law.” Sunshine laws generally require that public business be conducted in full public view, that the actions of public bodies be taken openly, and that the deliberations of public bodies be open to the public.
The New Mexico Governmental Conduct Act (GCA) governs the ethical and legal conduct of public officers and employees at all levels of government. The GCA provides guidance to those trusted to serve the public interest by establishing parameters for ethical and legal conduct. The GCA can also be used by members of the public to evaluate the work of those entrusted with public trust.