SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Senator Jeff Steinborn is re-introducing a bill in the upcoming session. The bill, if passed, would make public the amount of money being spent on lobbying.
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Steinborn says he’s been trying to get this bill passed since 2009 to increase transparency in the legislature. He says right now, people don’t know who’s working behind the scenes to get these bills passed. “It very much creates a system where we’re kind of gamed,” says Sen. Steinborn (D- Las Cruces). “These bills exist but who’s pulling the strings here? We have a right to know.”
Steinborn has also introduced a bill that would require lobbyists to disclose their involvement in bills at the legislature. That bill has been endorsed by the ethics commission.