Martinez Supports Tougher Corruption Penalties

SANTA FE, N.M. – Martinez, a former prosecutor, joined Republican lawmakers at a news conference on Thursday to support the legislation. Fighting corruption was a centerpiece issue of the governor's campaign last year.

The bill by Republican Rep. Nate Gentry of Albuquerque will strip government officials of their public pensions if they're convicted of corruption.

Former State Treasurer Robert Vigil continues to receive his state pension despite a conviction of attempted extortion.

Martinez also supports legislation to establish a division in the Department of Public Safety to investigate public corruption cases.