Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Inquiry Funding Delayed.

Byline: Kathryn Holzka For The Journal

* Senate committee wants more information before issuing a ruling on probe of Taos County

The Senate Finance Committee wants more information about a pending grand jury investigation of Taos County government before it rules on a $104,000 funding request to finance the inquiry.

Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, said Monday he wants 8th Judicial District Judge Peggy Nelson to explain why she assigned the state attorney general to handle the probe rather than the Taos County district attorney.

"I don't think we want to set a precedent in this matter," Smith said, "and I have a strong feeling we don't want to get involved in a local political disagreement. …

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