The stateâ€™s Public Regulation Commissionâ€™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 commissionâ€™s first regular meeting of the new year, Tuesday. He replaced former Commissioner David King.
Lyons was elected to the PRC in November. â€œIâ€™m looking forward to serving the people of New Mexico, especially in District 2,â€ said Lyons, adding that he intends to focus on bringing jobs and business to the state.
â€œI 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,â€ he said.
â€œWe need to clean up the PRC and get her working good for New Mexicans.â€
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. â€œRight now, the insurance commissioner can just raise your rates,â€ he said. â€œWe want that to go through the commission.â€ Prior to being elected to the PRC, Lyons served as the stateâ€™s Commissioner of Public Lands and as a state senator.