Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Skandera to Get Confirmation Hearing

Two years after Gov. Susana Martinez nominated her for secretary of the state Public Education Department, the Senate Rules Committee has scheduled a confirmation hearing for Hanna Skandera.

The committee never scheduled a hearing for Skandera during the 2011 or 2012 sessions -- or anytime between sessions as the committee has done for some nominees.

Rules Committee Chairwoman Linda Lopez sent a letter to Skandera today informing her of the hearing.

Skandera has been acting as secretary and being paid the same as a full-fledged cabinet secretary since early 2011.

My favorite line in the letter is, "Congratulations on your appointment and the committee looks forward to welcoming you on Friday."

The hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Friday.