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 By Dan McKay    News

Civil rights legislation signed into law

SANTA FE — Two days before a critical deadline, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed civil rights legislation Wednesday that grew out of last year’s protests against racial injustice and police brutality. The civil rights... — Updated 4/10/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

Governor approves 50 bills Monday

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham began a critical week Monday by signing legislation that will deliver extra money to some schools and ban animal trapping on public land — a burst of action as she faces a Friday deadline... — Updated 4/6/2021


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 McKay    News

Legislators encourage extending school year

SANTA FE — New Mexico legislators are doing almost everything they can — short of making it mandatory — to get public schools to extend the school year as part of a strategy to boost academic achievement. They have passed... — Updated 3/23/2021


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


Civil Rights Act closer to passage

SANTA FE — Legislation to establish a New Mexico Civil Rights Act — a proposal sparked by protests against racism and police misconduct — won approval in the state Senate early Wednesday, pushing it to the brink of final... — Updated 3/17/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

Bill that would allow terminally ill to seek help dying on brink of passage

SANTA FE — Amid tears and tense debate, the state Senate adopted legislation Monday that would allow terminally ill New Mexicans to seek a doctor’s help to end their lives, moving the proposal to the brink of final passage. The... — Updated 3/16/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

Liquor law changes would expand options

SANTA FE — New Mexico would expand options for alcohol delivery and the sale of mixed drinks at restaurants under a sweeping package of liquor-law changes moving toward passage in the Capitol. The measure would prohibit the sale... — Updated 3/13/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

Proposals could reshape NM Legislature

SANTA FE — Two proposals working their way through the Roundhouse have the potential to reshape New Mexico’s citizen Legislature — one by establishing salaries for lawmakers, the other by reviewing the need for staffing and... — Updated 3/13/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

Legislation would permit student-athlete endorsement money

SANTA FE — Student athletes at New Mexico colleges and universities would be allowed to earn compensation from product endorsements and similar work under legislation nearing passage in the state Legislature. The proposal,... — Updated 3/9/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

House adopts paid sick leave legislation

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 3/2/2021


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


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 McKay    News

Logan school leader opposes mandate for longer school year

SANTA FE — Even before schools reopen, New Mexico lawmakers are mapping out how to help students catch up next year after a lack of in-person learning over the past 10 months. One possibility began moving through the Capitol on... — Updated 1/30/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

NM civil rights law passes first hearing

SANTA FE — A proposal to establish a New Mexico Civil Rights Act began moving through the state House on Monday over the objection of city, county and school agencies — all of which expressed fear about the cost of new legal... — Updated 1/26/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

A look at the COVID-19 vaccine and rollout

New Mexico and the rest of the United States are in the early stages of a mass vaccination effort to crush the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccines now on the market are proving to be incredibly effective at preventing severe cases of t... — Updated 1/19/2021

 By Dan McKay    News

Legislature considering COVID-19 risk scenarios for session

SANTA FE — A proposal to hold legislative committee hearings at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center would create a “medium high” risk for an outbreak of COVID-19 infections, according to statistical modeling by Los... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By Dan McKay    News

Long-term care facilities begin receiving vaccine

SANTA FE — Residents and employees of nursing homes throughout the state are rolling up their sleeves this week as New Mexico expands its COVID-19 vaccine program to some of its most vulnerable adults. Local pharmacies working... — Updated 12/29/2020

 By Dan McKay    News

Governor elected to lead national Democratic Governors Association

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was elected Thursday to lead the national Democratic Governors Association next year. She is already the vice chair of the organization, a position that put her on track to take over as... — Updated 12/5/2020


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 McKay    News

Study shows restaurants site of most covid cases

SANTA FE — Research published this month takes aim at a question New Mexico and other states are wrestling with: Where are all these COVID-19 infections happening? A peer-reviewed paper in the journal Nature suggests a small... — Updated 11/21/2020

 By Dan McKay    News

New Mexico voters 'very motivated' in U.S. races

SANTA FE — A surge in Republican turnout throughout southern New Mexico helped carry Yvette Herrell to a solid victory over U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in Tuesday’s election — a reversal from their matchup just two years a... — Updated 11/7/2020


COVID-19 cases surface at education sites

SANTA FE — Coronavirus cases have surfaced at dozens of school and education sites in New Mexico this month, even without the return of traditional in-person classes, according to state records. They’ve popped up across the sta... — Updated 8/25/2020

 By Dan McKay    News

Republicans lash out at Oil and Gas Association

SANTA FE — Three of New Mexico’s top Republicans lashed out at the state Oil and Gas Association in an opinion column this week, exposing a rift between two organizations that normally work well together on state energy... — Updated 8/11/2020


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