Is State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons playing with legal fire? Read the following for the backstory.
O.K. folks, bear with me for a bit on the history review because I think we have to look more closely at the actions of the State Land Office.
The conditions under which New Mexico became the 47th state on January 6, 1912 are rather interesting. Land was the currency of the day and New Mexico had plenty of it.
The 1899 Ferguson Act and subsequent 1910 Enabling Act created the state land office and the position of Land Commissioner (first territorial land commissioner then state land commissioner). Due to the strict and highly specified provisions of the Enabling Act, the mission of the State Land Office could be distilled down to a simple matter of generating revenue for the state (mostly for education) from trust lands. Continue reading