Wednesday, October 6, 2010

More questions about how business is being done at the PRC

The New Mexico Independent has another good story today about happenings at the Public Regulation Commission.

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government suggests some one-on-one conversations between commissioners and State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini are a way to get around the state's Open Meetings Act. The talks are about a corrective action plan dealing with the insurance division -- steps to be taken after a critical audit.

According to the story, "The PRC doesn’t regulate the insurance industry, and therefore has no jurisdiction over the plan in question. But the PRC supervises the insurance superintendent, who is presenting the plan as a courtesy, officials said."

In addition, PRC member Sandy Jones and the insurance division's attorney told the news organization that "because they lack jurisdiction, Public Regulation Commission members can hear the details of the plan individually because they won’t be taking action on public policy."

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