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Push renewed for independent legislative ethics commission

KOB.com Web Staff
December 06, 2017 07:30 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There's a new push to pass an initiative on the 2018 ballot that would create an independent legislative ethics commission.

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The push comes after former Democratic state Sen. Phil Griego was found guilty of fraud and other ethical violations. Griego's case will be used as the centerpiece of the campaign for the ballot initiative.

The creation of a commission would shift the review of ethics complaints from closed-door committees to a more public forum.

Meanwhile, the leaders of New Mexico's universities want the Legislature to separate the lottery scholarship from tuition costs. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the details of the proposal haven't been worked out.

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers did offer a couple ideas. That includes giving scholarship recipients a set amount or allowing schools the dole out the money based on student merit or need.

The Lottery Scholarship program is struggling with decreased ticket sales, and Carruthers said such changes would ensure the program continues to help students.

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