SANTA FE, N.M. (WR) — The New Mexico State Ethics Fee is invoking its full investigatory powers for the primary time with a request for court docket approval of a subpoena.

The fee declined to supply particulars of the ethics criticism that impressed the investigation. Fee spokesman Sonny Haquani mentioned that state statute requires a possible trigger discovering earlier than the fee can disclose particulars of a criticism.

The fee’s due course of guidelines had been drawn up final yr by state legislators who overtly fearful that the fee would possibly develop into a discussion board for unfounded accusations and political vendettas.

The creation of an impartial ethics physique was authorised by statewide vote in 2018 after critical high-profile corruption scandals led to jail time for former Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran and former state Sen. Phil Griego.

The seven-member fee is appointed by main state legislators and the governor. It fields complaints relating to marketing campaign funds, authorities contracting, items from lobbyists and extra.

The company has but to situation a discovering of possible trigger and publish a criticism.