Capitol Report – February 17, 2020

Capitol Report – February 17, 2020


By the slimmest of margins over the weekend, the New Mexico House of Representatives approved a measure to reorganize New Mexico’s Public Regulations Commission, the PRC.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse:

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Sponsored by Democratic Representatives Linda Trujillo of Santa Fe and Nathan Small of Las Cruces, House Bill 11 implements structural changes to the PRC staff.

Supporters say the additional technical, qualified and professional staff will help provide Commissioners the objective direction they need to make informed and timely decisions.

They also say the changes in the measure would remove much of the politics within the PRC. By opening up key positions to be appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. Here’s Representative Small:

            Small :20

But during debate, Farmington Republican Representative Rod Montoya countered that pay is the primary reason behind the revolving-door of mid-level management at the regulatory body.

            Montoya  :15

House Bill 11 passed the House on a 36-to-34 vote. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge

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