New land grant committee formed after public outcry

After getting pushback over plans to dissolve a legislative committee that dealt with land grants, acequias and other issues affecting rural New Mexico, House Democrats have created a new committee to give those interests a voice in the Legislature.

The new Rural Development, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee, which will be established during the 30-day legislative session that begins Tuesday, will be chaired by Rep. Susan Herrera, D-Embudo.

News of the new committee came after a meeting with land grant and acequia community leaders Wednesday.