Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prisons Chief To Pay for Lawmakers' Jackets.(Legislature)

Byline: S.U. Mahesh Journal Capitol Bureau

SANTA FE Corrections Secretary Rob Perry is reimbursing the state for several embroidered jackets his department bought and gave to legislators.

"There is a potential for insinuation that there is an improper expenditure," Perry said Friday of his decision to pay $1,200 out of his own pocket for the jackets.

Perry presented 18 of the fuzzy-collared, blue jackets to members of the Legislative Finance Committee and the Corrections Oversight Committee earlier this year. He called the gifts "a show of appreciation" for the lawmakers' help and support.

But six legislators, including House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, returned the jackets, calling the gesture an inappropriate way to spend taxpayer money. …

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