FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 16, 2020

Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov

Governor’s power grab is approved by Democrat lawmakers

Santa Fe, NM– The Governor’s unconstitutional power play to strip the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) of their ability to protect utility rate payers in the state passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 11, sponsored by Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), a measure that would reorganize the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and provide the Governor with veto power in appointing the elected body’s Chief of Staff. Currently the PRC is an elected body in New Mexico and has recently been the subject of a lawsuit from Governor Lujan Grisham’s administration based on differing views on the implementation of the New Mexico Green New Deal otherwise known as the ETA.

“From what I have heard from my community, I do not believe that this bill will protect utility rate payers in New Mexico,” said Representative Larry Scott (R-Hobbs), “This bill moves power to the executive branch and that stands contrary to the protections provided by our State Constitution. The PRC was created to protect New Mexicans from partisan politics, and this is simply bad governance.”

HB 11 was approved by the NM House of Representatives on a vote of 36-34.

“The PRC issue is going before the voters this November, why is the Governor set on usurping the voice of the people?” said House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (R-Farmington).

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