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House members get interim committee assignments

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Members of the New Mexico House of Representatives serving Chaves County have been appointed to several interim committees.

The appointments were made last week in Santa Fe by the Legislative Council — a body comprised of members from both parties and legislative chambers. Members include state Rep. James Townsend, R-Artesia, House Minority Leader; state Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, Chair of the House Republican Caucus; and state Rep. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, New Mexico Senate Minority Leader.

A list of members and committee appointments on the New Mexico Legislature’s website also lists state Sen. Cliff Pirtle and state Rep. Phelps Anderson — both Republicans from Roswell — as Council advisory members.

Interim committees meet when the Legislature is not in session to conduct oversight of state agencies and departments, receive input from the public on state government operations and propose or endorse legislation ahead of next year’s session.

An interim committee may not meet and has no power when the Legislature is in session. The committee cannot vote to pass legislation, according to the New Mexico Legislature’s website.

Anderson, whose House 66 District includes portions of Chaves, Lea and Roosevelt counties, will be a voting member of the Committee on Radioactive and Hazardous Materials and Interim Legislative Ethics and the Behavioral Health Subcommittee.

The list of assignments also names Anderson as an advisory member of the Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee and the Water and Natural Resources Committee.

State Rep. Greg Nibert, R-Roswell, has been assigned to be a voting member on the Interim Legislative Ethics Committee and the Commission on Uniform State Laws, according to the list of assignments on the Legislature’s website.

Nibert, along with Anderson, Ezzell and Townsend, are all advisory members on the Water and Natural Resources Committee, according to the list.

Townsend — whose district encompasses Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties — will also be a designee to the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee.

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