Regional
12:38 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Las Cruces Democrat Returns Per Diem Payments

   A Las Cruces lawmaker has kept his promise to return several thousand dollars in per-diem payments after missing the recent legislative session.

Rep. Phillip Archuleta, a Democrat, repaid more than $5,000 in per-diem and mileage payments.

Archuleta missed the 30-day session, which ended in February, following complications from hip surgery, which led to one of his legs getting amputated.

Rep. Ernest Chavez says he is keeping the more than $4,000 received despite missing the session due to health issues.

The Albuquerque Democrat says lawmakers are entitled to it and the practice is common.

A Santa Fe lawyer has filed a complaint about the practice.

Phil Sisneros, a spokesman for the New Mexico Attorney General's Office, says the complaint is under review.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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