Legal settlements by state to be published regularly online
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico agency plans to begin regularly publishing legal and financial settlements of claims against the state for civil rights violations, medical malpractice, whistleblower retaliation and more.
General Services Secretary Ken Ortiz said Thursday that he expects to start posting settlement information online in August. The move aims to reduce state spending and improve access to public records.
The handling of financial settlements by the state’s Risk Management Division has come under scrutiny amid accusations that cases were quickly settled to avoid release of personal information about former Gov. Susana Martinez. Martinez has denied involvement.
Under state law, terms of settlements by Risk Management cannot be made public for 180 days after settlement agreements are finalized.