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Study of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission

This two year study was approved at the May 14-15, 2011 LWVNM Convention in Los Alamos.

Final Report of the PRC Study Committee (July 2013)
Report to Public Regulation Commission (January 2013)

The League's committee studying the PRC completed its final report to the state League in July 2013. The study focused primarily on regulation of utilities, which remains a function of the Public Regulation Commission, and regulation of insurance, which was spun off into a separate agency, Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, in July, 2013. The study also examined the funding of the PRC and how its regulatory board should be selected. An interim report to the PRC was released in January 2013 with detailed suggestions for improving PRC records and operations. As a result of the PRC Study, the League of Women Voters of New Mexico adopted a new position on the PRC, which has been used in lobbying successfully for improvements in its operations.

Goals of the PRC Study Committee (2011)

The study of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) will focus primarily on two of the PRC's functions, regulation of utilities and insurance, as these are the areas in which the PRC has the most impact on the citizens of New Mexico.

In addition, the study will deal with the structure of the PRC (e.g., whether it makes sense to combine regulation of insurance and utilities in one agency) and how its regulatory board should be selected.

The aim of the study is to develop positions that will enable the League to advocate for regulation that is impartial, free of political influence, and accountable.

Anyone interested in participating in the study should contact Neva Van Peski (email) or Karen Heldmeyer (email).


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