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Paid sick leave bill goes to Senate

SANTA FE — The state House adopted legislation Sunday that would require private employers in New Mexico to offer paid sick leave to their workers, sending the measure over to the Senate with 20 days left in the session.... — Updated 3/1/2021


Opinion: NM governor's pandemic lunches tone-deaf at best

Thanks to some transparency about how the Governor’s Office spends discretionary funds, we recently learned Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used taxpayer money to buy almost $13,500 of goods and services over a six-month period in 20... — Updated 2/27/2021


Relief bill means $600 rebates, tax holiday for restaurants

SANTA FE — A $200 million pandemic relief bill aimed at propping up hard-hit New Mexico essential workers and restaurants is headed to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk for approval, after breezing through the state House on Wed... — Updated 2/27/2021


Alcohol bill heading to NM Senate

SANTA FE -- Bipartisan legislation seeking to overhaul New Mexico's liquor laws passed the House Tuesday afternoon, despite an outcry of opposition from current liquor license holders. House Bill 255 was approved 41-27 and now... — Updated 2/24/2021


Governor signals concerns about business bills

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's recent suggestion that this might not be the right time for New Mexico lawmakers to pass bills imposing new requirements on businesses — including mandatory paid leave and a higher... — Updated 2/24/2021


Bill could allow compensation for student athletes

SANTA FE — A bill allowing college athletes in New Mexico to make money from endorsement deals and sponsorships is headed to the House after winning decisive approval in the Senate. Members of the Senate voted 39-0 on Friday to... — Updated 2/23/2021


Opinion: Reflect on black history February and every day

There comes a point in every child’s life when he or she first learns of the sin of slavery in America. While it’s a jolt to all children, those of us who are not African American can only imagine the dismay felt by young... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story


Abortion bill repeal advances

SANTA FE — A proposal to repeal a 1969 anti-abortion law moved closer to final passage Monday as it cleared the House Judiciary Committee. The legislation, Senate Bill 10, could be taken up by the full House later this week, the... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story


Opinion: Hoping for capital outlay transparency

The forecast for the first session of the 55th Legislature includes some rays of transparency shining through the clouds. A bill that would finally require lawmakers to show their hands on capital outlay projects “Zoomed... — Updated 1/30/2021


Opinion: Bill would be a strike against transparency

An Albuquerque state lawmaker has unfortunately once again filed a bill to keep secret the names of those who apply for leadership positions in New Mexico like police chief or school superintendent. Under the bill filed by state... — Updated 1/23/2021


Opinion: Workers, clerks get credit for smooth election

When Americans woke up last Wednesday, they still weren't sure who had won the presidential election as ballots were still being tabulated in several pivotal states. But New Mexico was not one of them. Despite rhetoric raising... — Updated 11/10/2020


Opinion: Best to keep politics out of retirement funds

There’s good reason why New Mexico Educational Retirement Board policies don’t give staff the authority to pick and choose stocks from market-determined index funds. Index mutual funds are generally considered ideal core... — Updated 8/25/2020


Opinion: Ruling major step for police transparency

New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act makes clear the public is entitled to the greatest amount of information possible about its government and guarantees everyone access to public records. The law, commonly known as... — Updated 7/28/2020


Restaurant battle escalates

SANTA FE — The food fight between Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration and the New Mexico Restaurant Association is getting messier. Attorneys for the restaurant association filed a new lawsuit in the Albuquerque-based... — Updated 7/25/2020


Opinion: Investing in our land is investing in our future

Five decades after Congress passed the Land and Water Conservation Fund “to safeguard our natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans,” it is going to fully fun... — Updated 7/25/2020


Experts: Virus' economic pain lasting

SANTA FE — The economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic is likely to reshape New Mexico’s economy for years, killing smaller companies, and expanding the gap between high- and low-wage earners, university... — Updated 7/18/2020


Opinion: Measures must account for both sides of ledger

If only it were that simple. There is no question Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s tough measures to combat COVID-19 have kept New Mexico’s death toll relatively low — although we collectively mourn the tragedy of more than 500... — Updated 7/14/2020


Explosion in virus cases cited in restrictions

SANTA FE — Citing an explosion in virus cases, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that New Mexico will reimpose a ban on indoor dining and call off high school football and other contact sports this fall. She also urged... — Updated 7/11/2020


Q&A: Health officials respond to order

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Wednesday that the state’s mask-wearing mandate would be enforced and that travelers entering the state — either by plane or car — must self-quarantine 14 days. Businesses must now requir... — Updated 7/4/2020


Legislators make call on police cameras, loans

SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers concluded a historic special session Monday by granting final approval to legislation requiring police officers to wear body cameras and authorizing up to $400 million in low-interest loans to... — Updated 6/23/2020


Albuquerque balloon fiesta postponed

ALBUQUERQUE — The coronavirus pandemic has officially claimed another victim. The 49th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has been postponed until Oct. 2-10, 2021, which means the 50th fiesta will now be pushed back to... — Updated 6/23/2020


Firm announces intent to file suit

ALBUQUERQUE — The law firm representing the man who was shot during a protest against the statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate in Old Town on Monday night has sent a letter to city and county agencies announcing its inte... — Updated 6/20/2020


Jury trials to resume in local counties

Four judicial districts in New Mexico — including the 9th in Clovis and Portales — have been given the green light to start holding jury trials again, but there are already concerns about the constitutionality of those trials... — Updated 6/20/2020


Senate: Law officers should wear cameras

SANTA FE — The state Senate approved a proposal late Friday that would require law enforcement officers in New Mexico to wear cameras while on duty. The legislation, Senate Bill 8, would also direct the state to revoke the law... — Updated 6/20/2020


Senate to consider civil rights commission

SANTA FE — A proposal to create a nine-member state commission to study civil rights issues and identify possible legal changes is headed to the state Senate. After nearly three hours of far-ranging debate, the House voted 57-13... — Updated 6/20/2020


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