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SANTA FE – Nineteen lawyers and other employees fired when Attorney General Hector Balderas took office four years ago may be entitled to protection under the state Personnel Act, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
In a 23-page opinion issued Tuesday, a panel of state judges ruled the ex-employees are covered by the Personnel Act unless certain exceptions written into the law apply to them.
The ruling reversed a decision by the New Mexico State Personnel Board and ordered the board to reconsider whether the employees are entitled to protection under the Personnel Act.
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