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State senators assigned to interim committees

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New Mexico state senators have been appointed to several legislative interim committees tasked with overseeing state agencies and departments, and reviewing legislation.

Press releases announcing the appointments of area state Republican Sens. Cliff Pirtle of Roswell, William Burt of Alamogordo and Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales, stated the appointments were made last week in Santa Fe by the Legislative Council.

The Legislative Council is made up of leadership in both political parties and both state legislative chambers as well as other lawmakers. Members of the council include Ingle; House Minority Leader state Rep. James Townsend, R-Artesia, and state Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, who is chair of the House Republican Caucus.

Interim Committees are committees that meet when the Legislature is not in session to oversee state agencies and departments, gather feedback from the public and propose or vote to endorse legislation for passage by the full Legislature, according to the website of the New Mexico Legislature.

An interim committee may not meet and has no power when the Legislature is in session, according to the website.

A press release announcing Ingle’s appointment states that in addition to the Legislative Council, he was appointed to committees on: Capitol Buildings Planning; Mortgage Finance Authority Oversight; the Public Schools Oversight Task Force, Interim Legislative Ethics and Senate Rules.

Ingle is also an advisory member for the Land Grant Committee and the Committees on Indian Affairs; Investments and Pensions Oversight; Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy; and Water and Natural Resources.

Ingle, a member of the Senate since 1985, represents a Senate District that includes portions of Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Lea and Roosevelt counties.

Pirtle, whose Senate District includes Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties, was appointed to three interim committees and is an advisory member to the Legislative Council and the Public Schools Capital Outlay Oversight Task Force, according to a press release about his appointments.

He will serve as a voting member on the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee and the Interim Indian Affairs and Land Grant Committees, according to the press release.

Burt – whose Senate District includes Chaves, Lincoln and Otero counties — was assigned to be a voting member on the Legislative Finance and the Military and Veterans Affairs Committees, according to a press release announcing his appointments.

He will also be an advisory member to the committees on Radioactive and Hazardous Materials; Economic and Rural Development and a designee on the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee, according to the release.

No release was issued about the interim committees state Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, was appointed to, however her appointments were listed on the website of the New Mexico Legislature.

Kernan, who represents Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties, will be a voting member of the committees on Radioactive and Hazardous Materials; Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy; and the Investments and Pensions Oversight.

The website lists Kernan as an advisory member to the Legislative Education Study Committee and the Land Grant Committee; as well as the Committees on Water and Natural Resources; Legislative Finance; and Legislative Health and Human Services.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.