Lyons named chairman

January 7, 2011 • Local News

The state’s Public Regulation Commission’s representative for District 2, which encompasses Roswell and Chaves County, was elected as chairman of the board that regulates the utilities, telecommunications, motor carriers and insurance industries in the state. Commissioner Pat Lyons was appointed to the position by a 3-2 vote during the commission’s first regular meeting of the new year, Tuesday. [auth] He replaced former Commissioner David King.

Lyons was elected to the PRC in November. “I’m looking forward to serving the people of New Mexico, especially in District 2,” said Lyons, adding that he intends to focus on bringing jobs and business to the state.

“I want to put together a task force … to look at relaxing some of the regulations on businesses so we can be pro-business and bring forward jobs to the state,” he said.

“We need to clean up the PRC and get her working good for New Mexicans.”

Lyons says he also plans to investigate how insurance rates are raised on consumers and that he would like to help push legislation to have any rate hikes be approved by the PRC. “Right now, the insurance commissioner can just raise your rates,” he said. “We want that to go through the commission.” Prior to being elected to the PRC, Lyons served as the state’s Commissioner of Public Lands and as a state senator.

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