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{{New Mexico SEO infobox}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''New Mexico Public Regulation Commission''' is a state executive position in the New Mexico state government.
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|Office=Public Regulation Commission
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|Office type =  Partisan
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|Office website = http://www.nmprc.state.nm.us/
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|Budget = 45105300
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|Budget year =2012
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|Seats =5
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|Term limits = Two consecutive terms
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|Length of term = 4 years
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|Authority =[[Article XI, New Mexico Constitution|New Mexico Constitution, Article XI, Section I]]
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|Chair =[[Ben L. Hall]] (R)
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|Other offices = [[Governor of New Mexico|Governor]] • [[Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico|Lieutenant Governor]] • [[New Mexico Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] • [[New Mexico Attorney General|Attorney General]] • [[New Mexico Treasurer|Treasurer]] • [[New Mexico Auditor|Auditor]] • [[New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands|Commissioner of Public Lands]] • [[New Mexico Secretary of Education|Secretary of Education]] • [[New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture|Agriculture Secretary]] • [[New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance|Insurance Superintendent]] • [[New Mexico Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources|Secretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources]] • [[New Mexico Secretary of Workforce Solutions|Secretary of Workforce Solutions]] • [[New Mexico Public Regulation Commission|Public Regulation Commission]] • [[New Mexico Public Education Commission|Public Education Commission]]
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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''New Mexico Public Regulation Commission''' is an elected five member board in the New Mexico state government responsible for regulation of public utilities, transportation companies, transmission and pipeline companies, insurance companies and other public companies.
  
 
==Current officeholder==
 
==Current officeholder==
The current Chairman is [[Patrick Lyons]]. Lyons, a [[Republican]], was first elected in 2010. [[Theresa Becenti-Aguilar]] serves as vice-chair.  
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The current Chairman is [[Ben L. Hall]]. Hall, a [[Republican]], was first elected in 2010. [[Valerie Espinoza]] serves as vice-chair. <ref> [http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/blog/morning-edition/2013/01/Ben-Hall-picked-as-chairman-for-PRC.html ''Albuquerque Business First,'' "Ben Hall picked as chairman for PRC," January 9, 2013] </ref>
  
Commissioners include [[Jason Marks]], [[Jerome Black]] and [[Ben Hall]].
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Commissioners include [[Karen Montoya]], [[Theresa Becenti-Aguilar]] and [[Patrick H. Lyons]].
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==Authority==
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The [[New Mexico Constitution|state Constitution]] addresses the creation of the Public Regulation Commission in [[Article XI, New Mexico Constitution|Article XI, Corporations Other Than Municipal]].
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Under Article XI, Section 1:
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==Qualifications==
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==Elections==
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As outlined in [[Article XI, New Mexico Constitution|Article XI]] of the [[New Mexico Constitution]], commissioners are elected to staggered four-year terms beginning January 1 following their election.
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===2012===
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::''See also: [[New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2012]]
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Democratic incumbent [[Jason Marks]] assumed the 1st District seat since 2005 and was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Democrat [[Karen Montoya]] was elected to his seat in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref name=genelec/>
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*'''2012 General Election Results-District 1'''
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In a four-way battle [[Valerie Espinoza]] won the Democratic nomination on June 5, 2012. Since no Republicans filed for the seat, Ezpinoza had no major party opposition in the general election.<ref name="primary results"/>
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*'''2012 General Election Results-District 3'''
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===Term limits===
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Commissioners are limited to serving two consecutive terms.
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==Vacancies==
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==Duties==
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==State budget==
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The budget for the Public Regulation Commission in Fiscal Year 2012 was $45,105,300.<ref> [http://www.scribd.com/doc/119825345/Gov-Martinez-FY-2014-Budget-Proposal ''Scribd,'' "State of New Mexico Executive Budget Recommendation Fiscal Year 2014," accessed June 12, 2013] </ref>
  
 
==Compensation==
 
==Compensation==
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An investigation in August 2011 found a series of questionable charges made to Commissioner Jerome Block's state-issued gas card, totaling over $8,000 during the first six months of the year.<ref>[http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2230150.shtml?cat=0 ''KOB,'' "Commissioner's gas card account used to rip off state," August 5, 2011]</ref> On the heels of that revelation came charges alleging Block drove a car off of a sales lot to take it to a mechanic and never returned it. He was also found to be driving on a suspended license.<ref>[http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2232797.shtml?cat=500 ''KOB,'' "PRC commissioner suspected of stealing car," August 8, 2011]</ref>
 
An investigation in August 2011 found a series of questionable charges made to Commissioner Jerome Block's state-issued gas card, totaling over $8,000 during the first six months of the year.<ref>[http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2230150.shtml?cat=0 ''KOB,'' "Commissioner's gas card account used to rip off state," August 5, 2011]</ref> On the heels of that revelation came charges alleging Block drove a car off of a sales lot to take it to a mechanic and never returned it. He was also found to be driving on a suspended license.<ref>[http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2232797.shtml?cat=500 ''KOB,'' "PRC commissioner suspected of stealing car," August 8, 2011]</ref>
  
On August 12 the commission removed Block from his position as vice-chair. They, along with many other state officials, have called on Block to resign. If he does not, [[State Speaker of the House]] [[Ben Lujan, Sr.]] said he would form a committee to discuss Block's possible impeachment. Block and his father also have pending criminal charges against them for alleged misuse of public campaign money in 2008.<ref>[http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/politics/prc-strips-title-from-vice-chair-block ''KRQE,'' "PRC strips title from vice-chair Block," August 12, 2011]</ref>
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On August 12 the commission removed Block from his position as vice-chair. They, along with many other state officials, had called on Block to resign otherwise former [[State Speaker of the House]] [[Ben Lujan, Sr.]] threatened to form a committee to discuss Block's possible impeachment. Block and his father also had pending criminal charges against them for alleged misuse of public campaign money in 2008.<ref>[http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/politics/prc-strips-title-from-vice-chair-block ''KRQE,'' "PRC strips title from vice-chair Block," August 12, 2011]</ref>
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==Recent news==
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==Contact information==
 
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Public Services Commissioner]]
 
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*[[Patrick Lyons]]
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*Chairman [[Patrick H. Lyons]]
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*Vice-chair [[Theresa Becenti-Aguilar]]
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*[[Valerie Espinoza]]
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Revision as of 13:13, 24 June 2013

New Mexico Public Regulation Commission
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012 FY Budget:  $45,105,300
Total Seats:  5
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Structure
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  New Mexico Constitution, Article XI, Section I
Leadership:  Ben L. Hall (R)
Selection Method:  Elected
Other New Mexico Executive Offices
GovernorLieutenant GovernorSecretary of StateAttorney GeneralTreasurerAuditorCommissioner of Public LandsSecretary of EducationAgriculture SecretaryInsurance SuperintendentSecretary of Energy, Minerals and Natural ResourcesSecretary of Workforce SolutionsPublic Regulation CommissionPublic Education Commission
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission is an elected five member board in the New Mexico state government responsible for regulation of public utilities, transportation companies, transmission and pipeline companies, insurance companies and other public companies.

Current officeholder

The current Chairman is Ben L. Hall. Hall, a Republican, was first elected in 2010. Valerie Espinoza serves as vice-chair. [1]

Commissioners include Karen Montoya, Theresa Becenti-Aguilar and Patrick H. Lyons.

Authority

The state Constitution addresses the creation of the Public Regulation Commission in Article XI, Corporations Other Than Municipal.

Under Article XI, Section 1:

The "public regulation commission" is created. The commission shall consist of five members elected from districts provided by law...

Qualifications

Note: Ballotpedia's state executive officials project researches the constitutional or statutory text that establishes the requirements necessary to qualify for a state executive office. That information for the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has not yet been added. After extensive research we were unable to identify any relevant information on state official websites. If you have any additional information about this office for inclusion on this section and/or page, please email us.

Elections

As outlined in Article XI of the New Mexico Constitution, commissioners are elected to staggered four-year terms beginning January 1 following their election.

2012

See also: New Mexico down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Democratic incumbent Jason Marks assumed the 1st District seat since 2005 and was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. Democrat Karen Montoya was elected to his seat in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

  • 2012 General Election Results-District 1
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Montoya 55% 94,526
     Republican Christopher Ocksrider 45% 77,256
Total Votes 171,782
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


In a four-way battle Valerie Espinoza won the Democratic nomination on June 5, 2012. Since no Republicans filed for the seat, Ezpinoza had no major party opposition in the general election.[3]

  • 2012 General Election Results-District 3
New Mexico Public Regulation Commission District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngValerie Espinoza 100% 127,569
Total Votes 127,569
Election Results via New Mexico Secretary of State.


Term limits

Commissioners are limited to serving two consecutive terms.

Vacancies

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Duties

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Divisions

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State budget

The budget for the Public Regulation Commission in Fiscal Year 2012 was $45,105,300.[4]

Compensation

In 2010, the New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioners were paid an estimated $90,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[5]

Controversies

An investigation in August 2011 found a series of questionable charges made to Commissioner Jerome Block's state-issued gas card, totaling over $8,000 during the first six months of the year.[6] On the heels of that revelation came charges alleging Block drove a car off of a sales lot to take it to a mechanic and never returned it. He was also found to be driving on a suspended license.[7]

On August 12 the commission removed Block from his position as vice-chair. They, along with many other state officials, had called on Block to resign otherwise former State Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, Sr. threatened to form a committee to discuss Block's possible impeachment. Block and his father also had pending criminal charges against them for alleged misuse of public campaign money in 2008.[8]

Historical officeholders

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Recent news

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Contact information

1120 Paseo De Peralta
P.O. Box 1269
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504
Phone: (505) 827-4531
Email: Patrick.Lyons@state.nm.us

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