The state of New Mexico agreed to pay $360,000 to cover legal fees the Santa Fe Reporter racked up fighting a yearslong battle over public records and access to former Gov. Susana Martinez.

The June settlement became public last week following expiration of a six-month confidentiality period imposed by state law.

The payout settled a lawsuit the weekly newspaper filed in 2013 accusing Martinez of violating the Inspection of Public Records Act by failing to produce public records and discriminating against the paper by cutting it off from access to basic information about her administration.

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