New Mexican Becomes Officer in National Administrative Rules Organization

PRESS RELEASE

Santa Fe, New Mexico — July 10, 2006 — The director of the Administrative Law Division of the New Mexico Commission of Public Records – State Records Center and Archives has been elected to be the next secretary-treasurer of the national Administrative Codes and Registers organization. John H. Martinez commenced a two-year term that will run through July 2008 as an officer of the organization of state and federal administrative regulatory professionals. The election was held on Monday, July 10 at the National Association of Secretaries of State conference held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Since 2001, Mr. Martinez has been involved in the development and production of the New Mexico Register, the official publication for all notices of rulemaking and filings of adopted, proposed and emergency rules in New Mexico, and in the development and production of New Mexico’s online administrative code of rules.

Administrative Codes and Registers (ACR) is a section of the National Association of Secretaries of State. ACR was organized 28 years ago, in St. Louis, Missouri. Its objectives include fostering the development of better rule writing skills and rule review techniques; developing more effective management of the rule promulgation process, particularly in the publication of administrative codes and registers; and increasing public access to and involvement in the rulemaking process.

Martinez has been active in ACR since 2001. He served as a regional representative to the ACR executive committee from 2004-2006 and in 2004, he served as program chairperson for the organization’s summer conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Martinez succeeds Julie Yamaka, manager of the Publications Unit of the Oregon State Archives. Martinez will work with Jane D. Chaffin (VA), president, to direct the national organization’s activities during the next two years, including its annual survey of state rulemaking and its annual conference. More information about ACR is available on the Internet at http://www.nass.org/acr/acr.html.

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