Soon, soon… (and we’re prepared!)
With pre-filing of legislation underway since mid-December, it’s just a matter of time before ethics commission enabling legislation is introduced by a member of the legislature. NMEW participated in the Ethics Commission Working Group, with fellow advocacy groups, business leaders, journalists, private citizens, government officials, and legislators. Together, we crafted a draft bill, 75 or 80% of which is agreed-upon material. For the remaining percentage, we set out choices, involving jurisdiction, the powers of the commission and executive director, etc. Now, it is up to individual legislators to make choices and introduce bills in alignment with their values and beliefs.
As bills are introduced, we’ll be letting you know – and updating – their location (w/ committee member names and numbers), and analyzing and comparing them to each other and to nationwide best practices. You’ll be able to access that information from the top of our website.
There will be a lot to be absorbed and understood, so feel free to reach out to NMEW if we can be of assistance. We’ll be doing our best to serve you!