AG could take UNM to court if Regents don’t re-vote on cutting sports


Attorney General Hector Balderas says he’s prepared to take the University of New Mexico to court over the meeting that ended in four sports being cut. 

In a news conference Thursday, Balderas says the UNM Board of Regents violated the Open Meetings Act. 

He says according to state law, the public is entitled to the highest level of information, which he says didn’t happen in this case. 

At that meeting last month, the regents voted unanimously to cut men’s soccer, the ski team, and beach volleyball. 

Balderas says the regents must hold another meeting and vote within 15 days, and this time make all the information they have and reasons for targeting certain sports available to the public well in advance. 

“The fact that I’m having to potentially threaten legal action and also give advice as to a more transparent process, should be a concern to parents,” AG Hector Balderas said. 

Balderas says regents could certainly vote exactly the same way during their next meeting, but they need to be transparent. 

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