- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The panel of New Mexico lawmakers that will be investigating fraud and other charges against one of the state’s highest ranking officials as part of impeachment proceedings has scheduled its first meeting.

The House Special Investigatory Committee will meet Sept. 28 at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. The bipartisan panel will be discussing the hiring of special legal counsel, rules for the investigation and a hearing schedule.

The Legislative Council on Tuesday cleared the way for the committee to begin its work by approving up to $250,000 in state funds to finance the effort.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran has been accused of funneling campaign contributions into personal bank accounts and later withdrawing large sums of money while frequenting casinos around the state. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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