House Joint Resolution 18 has been introduced into the Legislature by Representative Nate Cote. It would put an oversight commission over the operations of the State Land Office. It is about time. Currently, State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons should be thanking the heavens that no grand jury is looking into his dealings with real estate developers in Dona Ana County. His actions down there have created a firestorm of resentment for the State Land Office. No bid sweetheart deals for big contributors to his campaign has gone unnoticed by the US Attorney. I can't help but think it is because he was a republican.
HJR 18 should be considered and passed by the Legislature so the public can vote on it. It is a matter of checks and balances.