Martinez Vetoes Bill; Maintains Appointment Power

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez has vetoed legislation that would have required Senate confirmation of the top administrator of the state Regulation and Licensing Department.

Martinez rejected the measure on Friday, saying in her veto message that the proposed change is unwarranted. The governor appoints the superintendent of the department, which regulates financial and securities institutions, construction industries and issues liquor licenses.

Martinez pointed out that the Senate did hold confirmation hearings on several of her cabinet-level nominees and appointees to some boards. Because the Senate didn't deal with those appointments in a timely fashion, the governor said, "it seems unjustified to increase the body's responsibility."

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