SENATE BILL 63
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
Bill Tallman and Micaela Lara Cadena and Gail Chasey
RELATING TO PUBLIC RECORDS; REQUIRING DISCLOSURE OF THE NAMES OF FINALISTS FOR APPOINTIVE EXECUTIVE POSITIONS; PROVIDING AN EXEMPTION TO THE INSPECTION OF PUBLIC RECORDS ACT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. A new section of the Inspection of Public Records Act is enacted to read:
"[NEW MATERIAL] APPOINTIVE EXECUTIVE POSITION-- EXCEPTION--PUBLICATION REQUIRED OF FINALISTS.--
A. A state agency or institution or political subdivision of the state shall make publicly available on the agency's, institution's or political subdivision's website the names and resumes of no fewer than three finalists for an appointive executive position. The names and resumes shall be made publicly available no fewer than ten days prior to the final decision to select one of the finalists for the position. If fewer than three applicants or candidates for an appointive executive position possess the minimum qualifications for the position, those applicants or candidates shall be considered finalists.
B. Records that would reveal the identity of an applicant or candidate for an appointive executive position, except for finalists as provided in this section, are exempt from inspection pursuant to the Inspection of Public Records Act.
C. Letters of reference or medical or psychological data concerning finalists shall not be made public or made available for public inspection or copying.
D. The provisions of this section shall not supersede the provisions of Section 21-1-16.1 NMSA 1978 relating to applicants or nominees for the position of president of a public institution of higher education.
E. For the purposes of this section:
(1) "appointive executive position" means a non-elected chief executive officer of a state agency or institution or political subdivision of the state, but does not include a political appointment, including a cabinet secretary; and
(2) "finalist" means an applicant or candidate for an appointive executive position who is a member of the final group of applicants or candidates."
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2023.
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