Chandler gets do not pass from committee, setting up floor battle

A contentious meeting for an appointee to the University of New Mexico Board of Regents ended in a rare do-not-pass recommendation from the Senate Rules Committee on Friday. It was the second meeting involving Matt Chandler, a former District Attorney, who was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez to serve on the UNM Board of Regents. Chandler received a do-pass from the same committee earlier this week, but the confirmation never came to a vote on the floor because he did not have enough votes to pass. Instead, it was sent back to the Senate committee for another hearing, which was more contentious with sharp exchanges between Chandler and Democratic members of the panel. On a 6-4 party-line vote, the panel recommended a do-not pass.