- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - It has taken three years for the New Mexico Legislature to answer a request for advice about ethical conduct by one of its members.

A legislative ethics panel on Monday endorsed a six-page opinion that lawmakers can rely on to provide immunity from sanctions.

It says that a lawmaker must assiduously avoid using a legislative position for professional advantage and that public disclosure is the “polestar” for managing conflicts of interest.

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Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga says the request was submitted three years ago by a lawmaker who wishes to remain anonymous.

It asks about appropriate conduct for a legislator who works as an attorney at a law firm that has state contracts and has partners who are registered lobbyists, as well as other situations.

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