New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission Mulls Overhauls

Members of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission are considering recommendations for overhauling the agency’s hiring policies and shifting some of its duties to other state departments.

The commission sets rates for electric and natural gas utilities, insurance companies and some telecommunications services.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the recommendations are under consideration as the Legislature is about to return to session and will likely consider overhauling the sprawling regulatory agency that has generated a series of scandals in recent years.

A management study released this week recommends shrinking the number of employees who are exempt from the personnel rules for hiring and firing.

While commissioners appeared supportive of many of the study’s recommendations, they did not vote to approve them.