Regional
11:29 am
Sun January 26, 2014

Backlog Of Governor's Appointees

Credit Office of the Governor

A state Senate committee has yet to confirm a growing backlog of people nominated by Gov. Susana Martinez for state agency positions.  133 of Martinez's appointees for various state agencies and commissions haven't received confirmation hearings by the Senate Rules Committee.

The committee is scheduled to hold its first meeting of the year Monday.

Sen. Linda Lopez, the committee's chairwoman and who is pursuing the Democratic nomination for governor, says the panel will not rush to confirm anyone, including Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera and two State Fair commissioners.

Enrique Knell, a spokesman for the governor, says Lopez should focus on holding swift but fair hearings in light of the large number of appointees.

Appointees can continue to serve while they await Senate confirmation.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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