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New Mexico State Board to Hold Another Hearing on C-Stores

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board has decided to hold another public hearing on proposed changes to the state's convenience store regulations. The hearing will be in Santa Fe on September 7, reported the Associated Press.

The first hearing was in March, when the board unanimously approved sweeping measures designed to make convenience stores safer. The rules included requiring stores to have at least two employees on duty at night or to install bulletproof enclosures to protect employees.

The rules also required stores to install security cameras over gasoline pumps and on sidewalks around stores. Those rules are on hold pending the new hearing.

The state Environment Department and the New Mexico Petroleum Marketers Association, which represents about 500 of the state's 800 convenience stores, had filed a motion to stay the regulations.
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