2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 15: Administration of Government
Article 7: Risk Management Division, 15-7-1 through 15-7-11
Section 15-7-9: Confidentiality of records; penalty.
15-7-9. Confidentiality of records; penalty.
A. The following records created or maintained by the risk management division are confidential and shall not be subject to any right of inspection by any person not a state officer, member of the legislature or state employee within the scope of his official duties:
(1) records pertaining to insurance coverage; provided any record of a particular coverage shall be available to any public officer, public employee or governmental entity insured under such coverage; and
(2) records pertaining to claims for damages or other relief against any governmental entity or public officer or employee; provided such records shall be subject to public inspection by New Mexico citizens one hundred eighty days after the latest of the following dates:
(a) the date all statutes of limitation applicable to the claim have run;
(b) the date all litigation involving the claim and the occurrence giving rise thereto has been brought to final judgment and all appeals and rights to appeal have been exhausted;
(c) the date the claim is fully and finally settled; or
(d) the date the claim has been placed on closed status.
B. Records protected pursuant to Subsection A of this section shall be made available as necessary for purposes of audit or defense. Any person performing such audit or providing such defense shall keep such records confidential, except as required otherwise by law.
C. Any person who reveals records protected pursuant to Subsection A of this section to another person in violation of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000). The state shall not employ any person so convicted for a period of five years after the date of conviction.
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