Jim Dines

House District 20

Affliation: R

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City: Albuquerque

Would you vote for the creation of an Independent Ethics Commission to provide oversight of the executive and legislative branches of government in New Mexico? Yes. I co-sponsored a bipartisan Joint Resolution to establish an independent and transparent Ethics Commission in the 2016 Regular Session. It passed the House 50-10 but died in the Senate.

What measures would you take to make New Mexico state government transparent, accessible and accountable to the public? Establish a transparent Ethics Commission. Provide training of government employees that the law of New Mexico is the presumption of openness and not secrecy. Also, establish an evaluation process to determine response time and thoroughness of the response by the government entity.

Would you give permission to the Legislative Council Service to make publicly available the final amounts you personally allocate to various capital outlay projects? Yes. I have provided the Legislative Counsel Service with a letter from me which allows them to provide to the public the amounts of my allocations for capital outlay projects.

If you think reform of the capital outlay system is needed, how would you reform it? If you don't think reform is needed, give us your reasons. It needs to be more transparent and less complicated. I would recommend a reduction of each legislators' allocation, and use the additional money on infrastructure projects which will have a major impact on our state.

Does New Mexico need to invest more in early childhood development? If you think it does, in your opinion what is the best way to invest? If you don't think New Mexico needs to invest more, tell us why. New Mexico has steadily increased the funding for investment in early childhood development over the past several years. We need to continue evaluating the quality of the services being provided as the programs develop.

What measures would you take to improve the state's long-term economy? Diversify in order to avoid the boom and bust crisis management applied to New Mexico's economy. Government needs to be held more accountable to promptly and thoroughly respond to requests from businesses and the public, and reduce unnecessary regulations and red tape.

Would you support the legalization of cannabis for adult recreational use in New Mexico? Why or why not? No, because medical studies are still inconclusive about the short-term and long-term results on health issues and driver/pedestrian safety associated with recreational marijuana use. Legalizing recreational marijuana simply for tax revenues is not sound policy.