New Mexico To Post Legal Settlements Online

The state’s Risk Management Division is about to start posting all of the department’s lawsuit settlements online for the public to see.

The announcement comes just a month after KRQE reporter Larry Barker exposed a series of secret lawsuit settlements made at the end of former Governor Susana Martinez’s administration that cost taxpayers nearly $2 million. The state plans on posting information about the person who filed the lawsuit, the defendant or public official it was against, and the dollar amount that the state paid out. The General Services Department says it’s also talking to lawmakers about passing legislation that would legally force the state to publicly post settlement information.