Posted at: 02/05/2013 2:01 PM
By: BARRY MASSEY Associated Press
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State records show the highest paid member of the New Mexico Legislature collected nearly $21,000 in compensation last year under a system that provides no annual salary to lawmakers but grants them daily expense reimbursements.
Sen. Richard Martinez, an Espanola Democrat, received $20,922 for the 30-day session last year and attending committee meetings during the rest of the year.
That's according to information obtained from the Department of Finance and Administration in a public records request by The Associated Press.
Sen. Carlos Cisneros, a Questa Democrat, collected $19,734.
Former Rep. Ray Begaye, a Shiprock Democrat who lost his re-election bid, received $19,096.
Compensation averaged about $11,000 for the 112 lawmakers who served in the 2012 Legislature.
That excludes payments to a senator appointed last fall to fill a vacancy.
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