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Marijuana bill headed to full House

SANTA FE — A bill that would make New Mexico the 11th state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use is headed to the full House for the first time in state history after passing its second committee hurdle Saturday. An alternative...

 

Minimum wage proposals move forward

SANTA FE — Competing proposals to raise New Mexico’s statewide minimum wage for the first time in a decade are moving forward in the state Senate. And they’re becoming more alike as they move along, with the potential for still further...

 

Democrats pushing tax overhaul proposal

SANTA FE — Democrats in the state House are moving forward with a complex proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s tax system and raise about $323 million a year for government operations and road projects. The legislation, House Bill 6, would raise...

 

Bill for medical cannabis at schools passes Senate

SANTA FE — A bill that would allow the use of medical cannabis at schools zoomed off the Senate floor Monday afternoon. Senate Bill 204, co-sponsored by Sens. Candace Gould, R-Albuquerque, and Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, and Rep. Gail...

 

House committee approves $7 billion budget plan

SANTA FE — Buoyed by an oil drilling boom, New Mexico spending levels would hit an all-time high under a $7 billion budget plan approved Monday by a key House committee. The spending plan passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee on a...

 

Governor, AG announce suit against Trump

ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that they will take President Donald Trump to court “over his inappropriate and overreaching” declaration of a national emergency. Officials in...

 

Funding increase too much to ask from constituents

On Jan. 17, with just over two weeks on the job, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that she needed around $1.2 million more from taxpayers to run her office. Specifically, to enable her to formulate and implement her “bold, aggressive...

 

Pending bill would shield false accusers

Once again, well-intentioned legislation in the Roundhouse is being touted as a way to protect the identities of sexual assault victims. In reality, it’s a way to circumvent due process and shield those who would make false accusations. Senate...

 

Capitol learning curve for new lawmakers

SANTA FE - One new legislator was mistaken for a secretary. Another says she stopped the first time she saw her name on a sign in the Roundhouse. Nearly two dozen new lawmakers, including three from...

 

Lawmaker hopes to block 'frivolous' record requests

SANTA FE — Public agencies in New Mexico would have the ability to block the release of public records in certain circumstances — and they could impose higher fees — under legislation proposed in the state Senate. The proposal, Senate Bill...

 

Prescription drug promise needs keeping

The partial federal government shutdown has been the main focus in Washington over the past few weeks. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have struggled to reach an agreement over the president’s campaign promise to build a wall on...

 

Legislators could be set to spend

SANTA FE — After several years of tight budgets, political barbs and bottled-up bills, this year’s New Mexico legislative session has all the trappings of a Roundhouse geyser that’s set to explode. Consider the following: There’s a new...

 

Legislative panel unveils $7 billion budget plan

SANTA FE — A key New Mexico legislative budget panel has unveiled a $7 billion spending plan for next year that would utilize tax dollars from a spike in oil production to increase teachers salaries, send more money to classrooms with high numbers...

 

US needs to act, not pontificate, on immigration

As the stalemate and partial government shutdown over $5 billion for a border wall/fence/barrier grinds on, the tragedies associated with illegal immigration continue to mount. Unfortunately, both sides are focused on photo ops and talking points...

 

Governor orders end to PARCC

SANTA FE — On her third day as governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico will drop the oft-maligned PARCC exam after the current school year — if not sooner. In its place, a new assessment system will be created. While it’s...

 

New government has plenty of work in 2019

Out with the old, in with the new is the theme each New Year’s. Nowhere is that more true than in New Mexico as 2018 ends and 2019 begins. With the beginning of the new year, New Mexico will be getting a new government, fresh with a new governor,...

 

Opinion: Crime bill must be balanced, thought out

The 60-day legislative session in Santa Fe is still a few weeks away, but lawmakers are already crafting laws New Mexico residents will need to keep an eye on. Among the proposed bills is a massive “omnibus” crime package being crafted by...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Learning license requirements shared responsibility

Wouldn’t it be great, now that the state Motor Vehicle Division has eased up on the requirements for a driver authorization card (DAC), if all New Mexicans showed up at the neighborhood MVD office with the documents they need, and all state and...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Church must re-earn trust with transparency

In announcing that the Archdiocese of Santa Fe would seek bankruptcy protection, Archbishop John Wester said the action would help ensure fair compensation for sex-abuse victims. His office went on to proclaim in a diocesan letter distributed to the...

 

Opinion: Ethics panel should operate in the sunshine

New Mexico voters helped the state take an important first step last month toward reducing/punishing government corruption when they approved a constitutional amendment creating an independent state ethics commission. New Mexico is one of just six...

 

Opinion: Open primaries will do more to get out vote

In New Mexico you can register to vote up to 28 days before an election. You can register in person or online. You can request the form by mail, telephone or in person. You can fill one out at your county clerk’s office or any motor vehicle...

 

Opinion: Misbehaving adults should be cut from activities

Just when you thought sports parents couldn’t get worse, late last month in Santa Fe, obnoxious adults at — of all things — an elementary school basketball game took it to a new low. And that’s saying something. It’s apparently never too ea...

 

Opinion: Rule could bring more transparency to drug prices

Whether you lean red or blue when it comes to politics, everyone should demand clarity when it comes to costs. And a draft rule now working its way through the halls of our federal government promises to bring a little clarity to the opaque subject...

 

Opinion: Another viewpoint: Congratulations to victors, time to get to work

Election Day is behind us, which means we no longer have to suffer through the endless television commercials and countless mailers dripping with nasty political attacks. But it also means we’ve got a new governor about to take the reins of our...

 

Governor's race heats up political advertising

SANTA FE — A national GOP group has waded into New Mexico governor’s race, launching a television ad Wednesday that features familiar attacks against Democratic nominee Michelle Lujan Grisham. Meanwhile, Lujan Grisham launched a TV spot of her...

 

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