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|SHORT TITLE:||Claims Against Governmental Agencies||SB||471|
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Conflicts with House Bill 34, Damage Claims Record Inspections (Varela)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
State Personnel Board
Administrative Office of the Courts
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 471 amends Section 15-7-3 NMSA 1978, Subsection A12 and Section 15-7-9, Subsection A2. The bill removes the 180 day waiting period to obtain as public records information about claims against governmental entities. In addition, the bill provides that the Attorney General has exclusive authority to represent the Risk Management Division of the General Services Department against claims.
The Attorney General would have exclusive authority to represent the Risk Management Division or public employees, however, they may also contract with private law firms or attorney on a per hour basis.
There is no appropriation made in this bill.
This bill is in conflict with House Bill 34, sponsored by Representative Varela, which would change the 180-day waiting period to a 30-day waiting period.