Backlog of governor's appointees not yet confirmed

Posted at: 01/26/2014 12:01 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4



SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A state Senate committee has yet to confirm a growing backlog of people nominated by Gov. Susana Martinez for state agency positions.
    
The Albuquerque Journal reports 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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