State officials standing by their guns on building standards

State officials who license and regulate building permits in New Mexico say they are still enforcing revised building standards as of this morning, despite a court motion filed last week against their action.

Environmentalists have returned to the appeals court with a motion to hold the state in contempt for disobeying what they say is the court's decision that the new rules are invalid. But the state Licensing and Regulation Division says it stands by its decision of last week to continue enforcing the revised standards that are in question until the Building Industries Commission can hold a meeting on the issue this week.

At issue are energy-efficient building standards adopted before Gov. Martinez took office and later revised by her administration.