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Governor Signing Legislation Today Banning Texting While Driving

on March 2, 2014 - 9:38am

STATE News:

Santa Fe—Gov. Susana Martinez will sign legislation prohibiting texting while driving in New Mexico. Senate Bill 19, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe and Rep. James Smith, R-Sandia Park, bans texting while operating a motor vehicle, except when summoning medical or other emergency help.

 

The Governor is scheduled to sign the bill at 2 p.m., today at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

Governor Signs Bill Protecting Parental Rights of Deployed Service Members

on March 2, 2014 - 7:38am

Gov. Susana Martinez

 

STATE News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law Saturday legislation that protects the parental rights of deployed service members.

 

SB 130, the Service Member Child Custody Act, ensures that child custody arrangements cannot be modified while a parent is deployed for military service. The increased deployment of service members in recent years has raised difficult child custody issues that profoundly affect both children’s welfare and service members’ ability to serve their country efficiently.

 

“With this new law, our deployed service

Senators: Assess Risk; Deploy Mobile Monitors to WIPP

on February 28, 2014 - 7:46am

Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad. Courtesy/wikipedia

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy Thursday asking her to provide public health analysis and deploy mobile environmental monitoring units to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad.

The mobile monitors would conduct independent tests and help respond to questions that have arisen from the community about safety following the Feb. 14 radiation leak at WIPP.

“The health and safety of the

Jaret McDonald Announces Candidacy For Sheriff

on February 27, 2014 - 2:02pm
Jaret McDonald
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jaret McDonald has announced his candidacy for sheriff of Los Alamos County.

"I've always been interested in public office and keep up with local and national politics," McDonald told the Los Alamos Daily Post. "My goal has been that I want to go further than this in public service, but this is where I want to start ... I want to make a difference in my community."

McDonald, 42, has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for approximately 20 years as a contractor and employee and is now a superintendent in the construction

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Secretary of State Dianna Duran Keynote Speaker At Los Alamos GOP Dinner

on February 27, 2014 - 10:49am

Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold a fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 at the Research Center, 4200 W. Jemez Road. 

Secretary of State Dianna Duran will be the keynote speaker. Price is $50 per person. Checks should be made payable to Republican Party of Los Alamos and mailed to P.O. Box 832, Los Alamos. 

For more information, contact GOP Chair Robert Gibson at 505.662.3159.

About Secretary of State Dianna Duran:

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J.

Heinrich Votes to Advance Veterans Benefits Package

on February 26, 2014 - 7:37am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Tuesday, Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. voted to advance an omnibus veterans bill that includes key provisions he fought for on behalf of veterans and military families across New Mexico.

S.1982, the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act, introduced by the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Senator Bernie Sanders, and cosponsored by Heinrich, passed by a vote of 99-0 today. clearing the way for a Senate debate on the bill.

The omnibus veterans bill includes

Councilor Rick Reiss Launches Election Campaign

on February 25, 2014 - 8:15pm

Councilor Rick Reiss

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Rick Reiss has announced his candidacy to retain his seat on the Los Alamos County Council. Reiss was appointed to the Council in September 2012 to fill an unexpired term.

"I want to continue serving as a County Councilor because I am really enjoying it," Reiss told the Los Alamos Daily Post. "I have a conservative perspective and enjoy working on the many projects and programs we provide the community."

He explained that it has taken the better part of a year to fully appreciate the breadth of the effort of serving as a

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New Mexico House Majority Leader Rick Miera To Retire Dec. 31

on February 22, 2014 - 8:46am

House Majority Floor Leader Rick Miera

SANTA FE—House Majority Floor Leader Rick Miera has announced he will not seek reelection as the New Mexico State Rep. in Dist. 11 (the downtown corridor of Albuquerque) - a position he has held for the last 24 years.  

Miera says the decision was a difficult one since he has dedicated so much of his life to the legislative process, especially involving the issues of educational equity, juvenile justice and health care access issues. However, he feels the time is right to pass the torch.

“I have made a difficult decision to step down from State

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