Legislative Achievements

Commissioner Johnson has sponsored and passed numerous pieces of legislation to protect and improve the lives of the residents of Bernalillo County.

  • “An Ordinance Providing for Openness and Transparency in County Government”

    This ordinance – the strongest transparency law in the state – requires easy public access to numerous county records frequently requested by the public. It includes but is not limited to¬† the county’s checkbook, collective bargaining agreements, listings of county real estate holdings, department budgets and year to date expenditures, employee costs including employee names, salaries and benefits, and more. This ordinance was originally introduced as a resolution and was the first piece of legislation carried by Commissioner Johnson. At the time, the majority of the commission removed posting of employee names and salaries from the final bill. In November of 2012, those requirements were reinstated and transparency became the law in Bernalillo County.
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  • “The Ratepayer Protection Act”

    Not to be confused with the incredibly misnamed “Taxpayer Protection Act”, this resolution provided ratepayer protection from the very usage fees illegally imposed by the “Taxpayer Protection Act.” Currently, the “Taxpayer Protection Act’s” legality is being challenged in court as predicted by Commissioner Johnson.
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  • “Vehicle Seizure and Forfeiture Ordinance”

    This ordinance seeks to protect Bernalillo County residents from repeat DWI offenders by allowing for the seizure of vehicles driven by someone previously convicted of driving while intoxicated. The ordinance also protects innocent owners by placing the burden of proof upon the county in cases where the vehicle seized is owned by someone who was unaware of the driver’s previous DWI conviction.

  • “Bernalillo County Code of Conduct”

    The Code of Conduct Ordinance replaced the expensive and non-functional ethics ordinance. While the best way to ensure ethics in government is to elect and hire ethical people, the Code of Conduct standards for officials and employees, and provides due process for the accused.

  • Creation of the CONNECT Loan Program

    CONNECT is a program for those residents with poor water quality but who do not qualify for the county’s low income PIPE program. It creates a loan fund for homeowners in order to help them pay for the expense of accessing the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority water and wastewater system.

  • Bernalillo County Support of the Carnuel Mutual Domestic.

    For 30 years residents of Carnuel have been struggling with high nitrates in their drinking water. This resolution supports the Carnuel Mutual Domestic and the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority in their efforts to provide those residents with clean, safe, drinking water.

  • Bernalillo County Concurrence Process

    Prior to hiring high-ranking county officials specifically, any Deputy County Manager, Human Resources Director, Director of Economic Development, and the County’s Public Information Officer, the County Manager must receive the concurrence of a majority of the board of commissioners. This resolution was designed to improve the hiring process and make the appointment of high-ranking county officers more transparent.

  • Two Year Code Enforcement Forgiveness period for Residents of Carnuel who wish to Hook-up to the ABCWUA.

    This resolution directs county code enforcers to process applications for connection to the ABCWUA regardless of the state of a property’s code compliance unless the property presents an immediate threat to residents health and safety.

  • Wastewater Ordinance Amendment

    This Amendment to the county’s Wastewater Ordinance removed the requirement for property owners to replace functioning septic systems with expensive new systems in 2015. Since enactment, the county has begun the more important process of identifying existing illegal septic systems and bringing them into compliance.

  • North 14 Sector Plan

    Preparation and planning for the North 14 began in late 2009 under Commissioner Brasher. Commissioner Johnson took the lead on finishing the plan after taking office in 2010. The plan covers the East Mountains’ North 14 area and enjoys broad public support. It was approved in April of 20012.