Legislators expected to debate PRC reform

Trip Jennings Two years from now, will the state Public Regulation Commission look the same? New Mexico’s 112 state lawmakers will likely answer that question in this year’s 30-day legislative session, which starts Tuesday. While an extensive makeover of the commission is not a sure bet, it is a distinct possibility as legislators grapple with […]

Patrick Lyons secures Public Regulation Commission position

Kevin Wilson Patrick Lyons has secured another four years in state government. The former state senator and current land commissioner handily won his race for District 2 of the Public Regulation Commission, defeating Democrat Stephanie L. DuBois of Tularosa. As of 10:22 p.m., Lyons had garnered 54,351 votes against 25,360 for DuBois. Lyons, a Republican […]

Candidate profiles: Public Regulation Commission

Kevin Wilson An open race for the state’s Public Regulation Commission is on November’s general election ballot. The race is between Patrick Lyons, a former state senator and the current state land commissioner, and longtime business owner Stephanie L. Dubois of Tularosa. The PRC regulates utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries to ensure fair […]

Retroactive compensation awarded

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs published its final regulation Aug. 31 for compensating Vietnam veterans with ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia, or their surviving spouses. Veterans diagnosed with these diseases only will have to show they stepped foot in Vietnam sometime from Jan. 9, 1962 through May […]

Residents voice emissions regulation opposition

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County resident Hoyt Pattison was one of numerous residents who spoke against state proposed greenhouse gas regulations during a hearing held at the Civic Center Thursday. Sharna Johnson Emissions regulations proposed by the state environmental department brought out strong opposition from area residents and leaders during a Thursday hearing […]

Final Agent Orange review ordered

An estimated 200,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from three diseases newly associated with exposure to Agent Orange are closer to receiving disability compensation following an appeals court order Aug. 2 directing VA to publish a final implementing regulation within 30 days. On a lawsuit brought by a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, the U.S. Court of […]

VA secretary spurs revised PTSD regulation

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Many veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder must be asking themselves today why it took the Department of Veterans Affairs so long to ease the hassle of qualifying for compensation for mental wounds of war. VA officials aren’t sure themselves. But unsurprisingly they agree with veterans’ advocacy groups that the man […]

Tort system better than regulation

Tibor Machan Many moons ago I directed a conference on government regulation, out of which the book edited by me and the late M. Bruce Johnson, “Rights and Regulation,” was created. In this book some of those who supported government regulation — and most mainstream contributors did so — maintained that being opposed to government […]

Press Release: Public Regulation Commission hosting insurance meeting in Clovis

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (Commission) encourages Clovis-area residents to attend a public comment hearing regarding Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico’s (BCBSNM) insurance rate increases. The hearing will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 19 at Clovis City Hall, 321 N. Connelly, Clovis. The public […]

China proves federal Internet regulations fail

Freedom New Mexico Why is it important to condemn government regulation of the Internet? You don’t have to look much further for an answer than China’s latest battle to preside over the “World of Warcraft” computer game. In a power struggle of galactic proportions, two bureaucratic Chinese government agencies are squabbling as to which is […]

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

Candidate visits Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield New Mexico public regulation commissioner Ben R. Lujan (D) answers questions at a Friday night gathering at Mark’s Restaurant in Portales. Lujan is running for New Mexico’s third district United States Congress seat currently held by Tom Udall. By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Ben […]

Hounds play Northeastern to standoff

CNJ staff TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Eastern New Mexico University men’s soccer team got close to another Southwest Soccer Conference upset on Friday. This time, though, the Greyhounds salvaged a draw. Trailing 2-0, Northeastern State rallied for two goals in the final 12 minutes of regulation and the teams then played through two 10-minute overtimes […]

Water company rate increase draws ire

Letters to the Editor In reading about New Mexico American Water Company’s proposed rate increase of 25 percent, I was not a happy camper. The Clovis News Journal article mentions the 11- percent rate increase of (2005). That may have been a needed increase, but as it is with gasoline and other current natural resources […]

Ruling could open door to regulating political speech

Freedom Newspapers The Federal Election Commission has been widely hailed for a decision last week that, to a great extent, keeps the Internet free of federal campaign regulations. While the new rule is not as onerous as some regulations that had been considered, it does interject federal regulation into one aspect of Internet political activity, […]

If a stranger calls, let it ring

Janet Taylor-Birkey New DoD policy prohibits using cell phones while on the road Effective Monday, vehicle operators on Cannon will not use cell phones unless the vehicle is safely parked or they are using a hands-free device, according to an updated Department of Defense Joint Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision Regulation. The regulation further says that […]

Bush’s nominee conservative, confirmable

Freedom Newspapers With the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts of the D.C. Circuit, President Bush has nominated a lawyer with a solid reputation as an able advocate who appears to be both conservative and confirmable. The fact that he has been an appellate judge for only two years is a blessing as far as […]

Space act puts regulation before innovation

Freedom Newspapers In a reasonably sane world, there would have been no perceived need for House Resolution 5382, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, which passed the Senate during the final minutes of the recent lame-duck session and awaits President Bush’s signature. Given the world we live in, however, it offers a fairly […]