SANTA FE — Taxpayers and government watchdogs will have more time on their side in New Mexico.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Wednesday requiring government agendas to be available at least 72 hours before a public meeting. The existing standard is 24 hours.

The measure was approved this month by the state Legislature without any of the 112 members voting against it. The new law takes effect June 14.

Rep. Jim Smith, R-Sandia Park, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, sponsored the bill, which was supported by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

Martinez said the public would be better served by the 72-hour notice than the one-day standard.

"One day simply isn't enough notice for a concerned citizen who might want to travel to another city to register their opinion on an important matter affecting their profession or their community," she said.

Another advantage, Martinez said, was that New Mexico newspapers would have the opportunity to print government agendas for the public, even if the paper does not publish daily.

The measure requiring 72-hour notice was House Bill 21.

Martinez also signed two other bills that she said would promote good government and protect taxpayers.

Senate Bill 448 expands reasons that state government can suspend or bar a corrupt state contractor.

Martinez said the law also would close a loophole that allowed contractors who had violated the state procurement code to bid on state contracts as a new company or entity.

Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, sponsored the bill. Martinez said the reforms originated from a governor's task force that she established two years ago.

The other bill Martinez signed requires the state to include "clawback" provisions for any project receiving money from the Local Economic Development Act.

A clawback means companies would have to return money to the state if they do not meet their established target for the number of jobs created.

"This legislation protects taxpayer investments and ensures that the state is not on the hook if a LEDA-backed company packs up and leaves New Mexico without following through on its promises," Martinez said.

The measure, House Bill 352, was sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, and Sen. Timothy Keller, D-Albuquerque.

Milan Simonich, Santa Fe bureau chief of Texas-New Mexico Newspapers, can be reached at msimonich@tnmnp.com or 505-820-6898. His blog is at nmcapitolreport.com