NM AG’s office: No discrimination in public money

September 17, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office found no discrimination against blacks in the appropriation of public money.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( that state General Consul David Pederson said in a recent [auth] letter to the Albuquerque chapter of the National Association of Advancement of Colored People that it didn’t appear discrimination was behind lawmakers not granting a hearing for after-school tutoring programs.

Pederson says not granting a hearing for a pair of house bills seeking $2 million came as a result of “the crush of legislative business during a jam-packed long session.”

NAACP Albuquerque President Harold Bailey says questions were raised about the fairness of the legislative process.

In April, the NAACP condemned the failure of the state Legislature to pass state funding for a pair of longtime city youth programs.

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