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Bill Against Conversion Therapy Passes Committee

on February 18, 2017 - 7:18am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, and Equality New Mexico, hailed a vote Friday by the New Mexico Senate passing SB 121, legislation that would protect LGBTQ youth in the state from the practice of conversion therapy.
 
“No child should ever be subjected to the incredibly dangerous practice of so-called conversion therapy,” HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow said.

IRS 'Dirty Dozen' Scams Continues With Warning Against Frivolous Tax Arguments

on February 18, 2017 - 7:09am
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  The Internal Revenue Service continued rolling out its 2017 “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list by warning taxpayers against using frivolous tax arguments to avoid paying taxes.
 
Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish legal claims to avoid paying their taxes. Time and again these arguments have been thrown out of court.
 
"Taxpayers should steer clear of tax-avoidance arguments and the unscrupulous promoters of such schemes," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.
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Bill Curbing Use Of Solitary Confinement Advances

on February 18, 2017 - 7:07am
Rep. Antonio ‘Moe’ Maestas
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Feb. 16 in the House Consumers and Public Affairs Committee, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) presented House Bill 175.
 
It passed unanimously in a 4-0 vote. HB 175 seeks to ban solitary confinement for inmates under the age of 18, pregnant women, and those with known serious mental illnesses.
 
"There is a growing body of literature about the disturbing use and effect of solitary confinement on people with mental illness. This bill will put an end to this inhumane and outdated practice in New Mexico,” Maestas said.

Heinrich Leads Group Of Senators Questioning Reorganization Of National Security Council

on February 18, 2017 - 7:02am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, led a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis requesting information on the recent reorganization of the National Security Council (NSC) to include President Trump’s chief political strategist Steve Bannon as a regular attendee of NSC Principals Committee.
 
Heinrich was joined by U.S.

‘Three Strikes’ Bill Advances To House Judiciary

on February 18, 2017 - 6:57am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – A bill sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) to reform New Mexico’s “three strikes” law advanced Friday through the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee on a unanimous vote. The legislation, House Bill 54, moves next to the House Judiciary Committee.

Gentry’s bill would expand the list of offenses that would qualify violent repeat offenders for mandatory life sentencing. Currently, only five crimes are included in the existing three strikes law.

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Discusses Cuba March 7

on February 18, 2017 - 6:40am

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston

COMMUNITY News:

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents a talk, “Our Woman in Havana”, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.

Huddleston’s talk is based on her years as one of America’s top Cuba hands. She has been an eyewitness to key moments of history as well as to backroom policy debate, in her roles as a principal policy maker on Cuba at the State Department and as the chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

Huddleston will provide a behind-the-curtain view of such controversial episodes as the Elián González custody saga and the post-9/11

Los Alamos Family YMCA Honored At Legislature

on February 18, 2017 - 6:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, welcomes Los Alamos Family YMCA members from left, CEO Linda Daly, Board member Eric Vasquez, Garcia Richard, Board President Lou Santoro and Senior Program Director Diana Martinez to the legislature Thursday, Feb. 16 in Santa Fe for ‘YMCA Day’. This day is set aside each year to honor YMCA organizations across New Mexico for the work they do serving youth. Courtesy photo

LAHS Senior Wins New Mexico Brain Bee

on February 17, 2017 - 4:54pm

Los Alamos High School senior Wilbur Wang and winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee with 2016 winner Victoria Roy from Sandia High School. Courtesy photo

Participants in the New Mexico Brain Bee. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Fourteen Los Alamos High School AP Psychology students participated in the 3rd Annual New Mexico Brain Bee, Feb. 4, at UNM in Albuquerque. LAHS AP Psych students earned all top spots in the competition. After quite a battle, Wilbur Wang earned 1st, Faith Koh came in 2nd and Megan Hemphill was 3rd.

Wang, a LAHS senior, is the winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee.

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