SANTA FE – Five down, 69 to go.
A key New Mexico Senate committee voted Tuesday to recommend confirmation of five lower-profile nominees of Gov. Susana Martinez, but did not act on dozens of other appointees – including 11 university regents who have been awaiting hearings for months.
The Senate Rules Committee is not expected to meet again before lawmakers convene next month for a 30-day session, leaving a hefty backlog in place for the start of the Martinez administration’s final year.
The panel’s chairwoman, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, said attempts to hold additional hearings were scuttled by scheduling conflicts.
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