Absent New Mexico lawmaker says he’s returning pay

March 11, 2014 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico legislator says he plans to return thousands of dollars of daily expense pay that he received for the recent legislative session that he missed because of health problems.

Ep. Phillip Archuleta says he missed the 30-day session because he was recuperating from having his right leg amputated in January.

The Las Cruces Democrat tells the Las Cruces Sun-News ( ) that he’s starting therapy while staying in a rehabilitation facility in Albuquerque.

Archuleta was one of two House members who missed the session but received per-diem payments.

Archuleta says he wasn’t aware that the payments were being made until a family member alerted him.

He says he’s returning the money with a money order to the state.

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