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Pot legal in New Mexico

SANTA FE — You can't legally buy it yet, but cannabis is no longer prohibited in New Mexico when it comes to possession and home growing. After years of debate, New Mexico became the 17th state to legalize recreational cannabis... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Governor signs paid sick leave bill

SANTA FE — New Mexico will join about 15 other states in requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave for their workers — but not until July of next year — under a measure signed into law Thursday by Gov. Michelle Lujan... — Updated 4/10/2021


NM poised to legalize cannabis

SANTA FE — After years of hitting a brick wall at the Roundhouse, cannabis legalization finally burst through on Wednesday. New Mexico is poised to join a wave of other states in legalizing and taxing recreational cannabis... — Updated 4/1/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Lawmakers working toward marijuana bill breakthrough

SANTA FE — After a cannabis legalization bill fizzled in the final hours of this year’s 60-day legislative session, a small group of New Mexico lawmakers have been working in recent days to plant the seed for a possible... — Updated 3/27/2021


Governor planning special session in about a week

SANTA FE — The push to legalize recreational cannabis for New Mexico adults will have to wait after stalling in the final hours of this year’s 60-day legislative session — but maybe not for long. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham... — Updated 3/23/2021


Session ends in flurry

SANTA FE — A proposal to require paid sick leave in New Mexico beat the deadline Saturday and passed the Legislature with less than an hour to spare. But the noon adjournment extinguished any chance of a last-minute deal on... — Updated 3/20/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Governor writes Biden on state oil, gas issues

SANTA FE — Citing heartburn over hefty possible revenue losses, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is asking President Joe Biden to give New Mexico a break when it comes to crafting new federal policies on oil and natural gas leasing... — Updated 3/16/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Competing cannabis bills set up showdown

SANTA FE — Two competing bills to legalize recreational cannabis in New Mexico moved forward last week at the Roundhouse, setting up a high-stakes showdown that will play out during the final days of this year’s 60-day... — Updated 3/13/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Mandatory leave bill effective date delayed

SANTA FE — The battle over paid sick leave for New Mexico private sector employees took a new twist Monday, with backers agreeing to delay the effective date of a mandatory leave bill until July 2022. The pushed-back... — Updated 3/9/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Governor signs stimulus measures into law

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law Wednesday two new stimulus measures, authorizing a fresh round of financial relief for New Mexico low-income workers, restaurants and small businesses. Backers say the two... — Updated 3/6/2021


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


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


Legislative session reaches halfway mark

SANTA FE — New Mexico hit the halfway point of its unusual 60-day session Thursday with abortion-rights legislation and pandemic relief measures speeding toward passage. But hundreds of other proposals — ranging from cannabis l... — Updated 2/19/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Governor asks for clarification of oil, gas order

SANTA FE — With New Mexico at the center of a climate change debate, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration has asked the U.S. Department of Interior to clarify the workings of a recent order dealing with oil and natural... — Updated 2/16/2021 Full story

 By Dan Boyd    News

NM Senate approves bill to repeal abortion ban

SANTA FE — Different Senate, different vote. Two years after voting down a bill that would have repealed a long-dormant New Mexico abortion ban, a new-look state Senate voted 25-17 on Thursday to approve similar legislation. The... — Updated 2/15/2021


Relief package picks up steam

SANTA FE — A package of bills aimed at buoying New Mexico workers, restaurants and bars hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic is picking up steam at the Roundhouse. A key Senate committee on Thursday approved two pandemic relief... — Updated 2/6/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Two bills offer road maps for marijuana legalization

SANTA FE — Two bills seeking to add New Mexico to the ranks of Western states that have legalized recreational cannabis for adult users were introduced in the state Senate on Monday. Additional proposals could be filed in the... — Updated 2/2/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Proposal would allow counties to secede from NM

SANTA FE — New Mexico has largely been a state divided by region when it comes to such issues as environmental regulations, pandemic-related school closures and gun rights laws. A proposal filed Monday by a Roswell Republican wou... — Updated 2/2/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Effort to repeal NM abortion ban advances

SANTA FE — A renewed attempt to repeal a long-dormant 1969 New Mexico abortion ban cleared its first Roundhouse hurdle Monday after an emotional debate and a lengthy delay caused by technical problems. The law is unenforceable... — Updated 1/26/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Senator files legislation for applicant secrecy

SANTA FE — An Albuquerque state senator has — once again — filed legislation that would allow the names of applicants for top public school, law enforcement and other taxpayer-funded positions to be kept secret. While at... — Updated 1/9/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Legislative session going remote

SANTA FE — Plexiglass. Online voting on bills. And a face mask requirement for those present in the state Capitol. New Mexico’s 60-day legislative session will begin this month as scheduled — but in virtual reality. Due to... — Updated 1/9/2021

 By Dan Boyd    News

Lawmakers looking to change emergency response laws

SANTA FE — As the coronavirus pandemic has shown, New Mexico’s governor currently has broad authority to implement and enforce public health orders in the case of declared emergencies. But several lawmakers — both Democrats... — Updated 12/26/2020


Trump campaign looking into NM fraud allegations

New Mexico was thrust into a national fray Thursday as President Donald Trump’s campaign tried to cast doubt on the accuracy of unofficial election results. Without citing specific evidence, Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for the... — Updated 11/21/2020

 By Dan Boyd    News

Rural-urban divide remains in Legislature

SANTA FE — The dust that settled on Tuesday’s legislative elections told a tale of two New Mexicos. A blue wave that hit the state’s urban areas in 2018 did not recede on election night, as unofficial results showed Republica... — Updated 11/7/2020


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