Do things seem foggy when it comes to local government? Ever have questions about whether public bodies are doing things the right way?
Then the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government may be able to help.
Founded in 1989, NMFOG is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization committed to helping the citizens students, educators, public officials, media and legal professionals understand, obtain and exercise:
- their rights and responsibilities under New Mexico “sunshine laws” – the Inspection of Public Records Act, Open Meetings Act and Arrest Record Information Act.
- their rights under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
- their First Amendment rights.
FOG provides information about “sunshine laws,” educates citizens and public officials about open government, lobbies for stronger freedom-of-information laws, argues for court decisions that uphold public access, makes sure the “fine print” in records and meetings policies is citizen friendly and recognizes open-government champions.
The organization provides a variety of open government and transparency resources on its website, nmfog.org.
The NMFOG Hotline dispenses information and advice to 400-500 callers per year. Submit your question to 505-764-3750, 888-843-9121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.