Monday, October 3, 2011

PRC Remains in Spotlight

As of late Friday afternoon admitted felon Jerome Block Jr. still hasn't resigned from the Public Regulation Commission. Smart money says he'll wait until the 10th day, which is at the end of this week.

Over the weekend I published a story about 17 people applying for Block's soon-to-be-vacant job. Whoever does get the appointment from Gov. Susana Martinez would have to seek re-election next year to stay on the commission.

Also, on Sunday I wrote about Think New Mexico's proposal to overhaul the PRC as we know it. My story is HERE.

One proposal that seems to have popular backing is one that would increase the qualifications of commissioners. Under the plan, which would require a constitutional amendment, commissioners would have to have an actual college degree or five years experience in law, accounting, economics or engineering.

However, another story I wrote just last week shows that even higher qualifications might not root out all the scandals.