- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico’s two longest-serving regents will remain on the board, as Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominees didn’t get confirmation hearings.

Jack Fortner and Bradley Hosmer will remain on the school’s governing council at least until next year’s legislative session despite their expired terms.

Martinez nominated lobbyist and former Republican state lawmaker and John Ryan and Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce CEO Alex Romero to the Board of Regents, but neither received a confirmation hearing from the Senate Rules Committee during the recently concluded 60-day legislative session.

Martinez accused Senate Democrats who control the confirmation process Tuesday of neglecting constitutional requirements.

Nominees for some low-profile positions, such as the State Land Trusts Advisory Board, received hearings from the Senate Rules Committee but many of the nearly 100 did not.

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