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Bipartisan Bill To Ban Coyote Killing Contests Passes State Senate

on March 10, 2017 - 11:11am
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has passed Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque), to ban coyote killing contests by a 26-15 vote.
“Our wildlife is part of what makes the Land of Enchantment special, and the fact that these thrill-killing contests continue to be held in New Mexico is unacceptable,” Sen. Steinborn said.
Senate Bill 268 previously passed the Senate Conservation Committee by a 6-3 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee 7-2, and after yesterday's Senate floor vote now heads to the House,

Data Breach Notification Passes Senate Committee

on March 10, 2017 - 10:10am


SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate Public Affairs Committee unanimously passed House Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act. The legislation is sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Rehm of Bernalillo.

House Bill 15 would require businesses and other entities to implement reasonable procedures to protect the personal information of consumers. The bill would require that consumers be notified if it is suspected that their personal information may have been compromised by a data breach.

Heinrich Congratulates Two New Mexico Students On Acceptance To Prestigious US Senate Youth Program

on March 10, 2017 - 10:02am

From left, James Michael Valerio of Taos, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and  Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces. Courtesy photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in honoring New Mexico students Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces and James Michael Valerio of Taos at a reception wednesday celebrating their acceptance into the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

“I congratulate Irene Tenaya Fernald and James Michael Valerio on their acceptance into the highly competitive and merit-based United States Senate Youth

Newly Elected Los Alamos School Board And UNM-LA Advisory Board Sworn In

on March 10, 2017 - 7:07am
From left, newly elected UNM-LA Advisory Board members Sheila Schiferl, Michelle Hall and David Sutton with newly elected Los Alamos School Board members Ellen Ben-Naim and Stephen Boerigter. Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan Kirk administered the Oath of Office to the new members Monday at the Los Alamos Justice Center. They will take up their duties at the next meeting of their respective boards. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Luján Statement Following 27-hour Marathon Committee Debate On Healthcare Repeal Bill

on March 9, 2017 - 10:13pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee began consideration and debate on Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After more than 27 hours of on-going debate, the Committee approved the bill on a straight party line basis.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a member of the committee who was present for all 27 hours of the committee hearing, issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that this bill does not offer a solution to any of the healthcare problems real Americans face.

Environmental Justice Moral Monday At State Capitol

on March 9, 2017 - 9:51am

  • New Mexicans impacted by environmental injustice in their communities bring their voices to the State Capitol


SANTA FE -- About 50 community leaders impacted by environmental justice issues in New Mexico will be connecting with their decision makers in the State Capitol on Monday, March 13 as part of Environmental Justice (EJ) Moral Monday. The citizens’ advocacy  day is intended to highlight various EJ issues impacting our air, land, water and health.

Environmental justice communities and organizations from across New Mexico will be participating at the event held at the

House Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill

on March 9, 2017 - 9:30am


SANTA FE – The House unanimously passed bipartisan tax legislation that includes a number of top priorities for hardworking New Mexico families.

Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe) introduced a floor substitute for House Bill 412, sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho), and the substitute was unanimously adopted.

The new bill simplifies the tax code to improve the economic footing for the state while keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking New Mexico families.

Gov. Signs Two Bills Expanding Broadband Access

on March 8, 2017 - 7:02pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez



SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez signed two bills to encourage business development by expanding broadband access to underserved communities across New Mexico.

House Bill 60 by Rep. Carl Trujillo and Sen. Jacob Candelaria will spur broadband development across the state and significantly reduce the costs of new broadband network construction through partnerships between local governments and broadband providers.

“This legislation will have an immense impact towards the goal of ensuring every New Mexican family and business

Senate Passes Bill To Increase Funding For Classrooms By Increasing State's Cigarette Tax

on March 8, 2017 - 1:42pm
  • Cigarette Tax Prevents Looming Cuts of 5-7 Percent to Public Schools


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate today passed legislation by a vote of 24 to 16 to provide public schools a needed funding increase of $89 million per year by increasing the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50. 

SB 231, sponsored by Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City, would direct the new revenues to strengthen New Mexico’s K-12 classrooms, which have been hit with cuts worth tens of millions of dollars.

Udall To Question FCC Chairman And DOI Secretary On Policy Priorities

on March 8, 2017 - 7:51am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today at 8 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. ET, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, will attend the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing to ask Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about FCC policy priorities during the Trump administration.
Then at 12:15 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: About That ‘Freedom Of Press’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:32am
Los Alamos

In reference to a recent letter to the editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post about “Freedom Of The Press” ... there are a few problems with this concept lately.

I’m all for the First Amendment and all it stands for unfortunately today's media outlets have proven time and time again that they are extremely biased in their reporting. This applies to all the major news networks, especially CNN, as well as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and the rest.

House Passes Bill For Early High School Graduation

on March 8, 2017 - 7:28am


SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to allow New Mexico students the opportunity to graduate early from high school. House Bill 498 is sponsored by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Valencia), and it passed on a bipartisan 62 to 5 vote.

Baldonado’s bill would permit students to test out of high school if they score in the top twenty percentile of students taking the ACT, SAT, the armed services vocational aptitude battery, or other assessment approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

House Passes Bill To Advance Bioscience Research

on March 8, 2017 - 6:47am


SANTA FE – The House of Representatives passed House Bill 460 Tuesday night, to establish a Bioscience Authority in New Mexico. The bill sponsored, by Rep. Larry Larrañaga (R-Bernalillo), passed on a 64 to 2 vote.

House Bill 460 would create a Bioscience Authority to promote collaboration between state universities, government research institutions, including the national laboratories, and private sector entities in New Mexico.

New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Bill To Help Native American Students Succeed

on March 8, 2017 - 6:39am

Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo)


SANTA FE Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill to help Native American students succeed, unanimously passed Tuesday night a vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives. HB 484 would require a needs assessment to determine what services school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

“We need to create a structure to help Native American students succeed,” Rep. Lente said.

Community Packs Ambassador Huddleston's Talk

on March 8, 2017 - 6:15am

This is a pic from  the AAUW talk tonight. The library was packed. More chairs had to be brought in!! Will send you via email some info that you can out with the pic if you want to. Ambassador Vicki Huddleston presents, 'Our Woman in Havana', Tuesday evening to an overflow crowd  at Mesa Library. Several of the women and men in the audience are Cuban Americans. In her talk sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston discusses the political  realities of the relationship between various U.S. presidents and the United State's relationship with Cuba.

Rep. Jason Harper On Bill To Help Teachers

on March 7, 2017 - 3:48pm
Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval). Courtesy photo
SANTA FE  This afternoon the Senate unanimously passed House Bill 241, a bill that will permit teachers to use their contractually-allotted sick and personal leave without it negatively impacting their annual teacher evaluations. The bill will now be sent to Gov. Susana Martinez for action.
After the Senate’s vote, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) said, “New Mexico’s teachers go above and beyond for children.

Rep. Candie Sweetser's Tiny House Bill Passes 66-0

on March 7, 2017 - 7:59am
Rep. Candie Sweetser


SANTA FE -- Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) recognized the emergence of the tiny house industry, with her bill to define and allow assessors to review tiny homes. Monday night, her HB 512 passed unanimously by a vote of 66-0.

Tiny homes arrived on the scene in recent years as a creative way for people to live sustainably and own a home without the burden of unmanageable mortgage payments.

“I think this is the beginning of giving tiny homes an avenue to move forward in New Mexico,” Rep. Sweetser said.

House Approves Bill To Protect Children

on March 7, 2017 - 7:26am


SANTA FE – On a bipartisan 63 to 1 vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation Monday night sponsored by Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Valencia) to protect New Mexico’s children from receiving pornographic images from sexual predators.

House Bill 71 would clarify language in the current statute relating to criminal sexual communication with a child to include all pornographic images. Currently, individuals can only be charged with a crime if they send pornographic pictures of their bodies.

Committee Delays GRT For Non-profit National Labs

on March 6, 2017 - 8:55pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey address the New Mexico Legislature Friday as the House Taxation and Revenue Committee takes up HB 332. Courtesy/ScreenShot


Los Alamos Daily Post

A bill designed to protect state and local governments from a potential multimillion dollar cut in gross receipts taxes hit a bump Friday afternoon, as it was temporarily tabled pending further discussions with the House Taxation and Revenue Committee.

House Bill 32 would amend a portion of New Mexico state law that currently exempts non-profit

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Speaks In Los Alamos Tuesday Evening

on March 6, 2017 - 4:37pm

Ambassador Vicki Huddleston


“Our Woman in Havana” is the title of a talk by former Ambassador Vicki Huddleston slated for 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Mesa Public Library.

Sponsored by the AAUW of Los Alamos, the talk is based on her years “as one of America’s top Cuba hands”. She will address events such as the Elian Gonzalez custody saga and the post-9/11 decision to use Guantanamo as a prison for terror suspects.

Huddleston’s talk promises to be interesting with everything from stories of spies to an argument she had with Fidel Castro at a cocktail party.


Wallin: Why New Mexico’s Legislature Should Advance A Women’s Policy Agenda

on March 6, 2017 - 2:39pm
Kids County Director Amber Wallin, MPA
New Mexico Voices For Children
I’m a political scientist, an advocate, a sister, a wife, a daughter and a mother. I have a toddler boy and, come next month, I’ll add a little girl to the list of people that call me mama.
Like many parents, I believe that raising kind, honest, empathetic, and civic-minded kids is the most important thing I will ever do, and raising kids who believe that everyone—regardless of gender, color or ability—should have respect and opportunity is a very big part of that for me.

Letter To The Editor: About ‘Civility’ In Public Discourse

on March 6, 2017 - 7:53am
Los Alamos

This is in response to two columns by Father Glenn (link, link), two letters to the editor by Khalil Spencer (link, link), a column by Pastor Granillo (link), along with contributions from the prophet Isaiah, St. Luke, St. Paul, and everybody else who has recently written in to the Los Alamos Daily Post discussing “civility” in public discourse. 

Now, who could possibly be opposed to “civility” in public discourse? Well, it depends on how it is defined, who defines it, and most importantly, how it is implemented.

The simple fact of the matter is this: “civility”

Guest Column: Legislature Must Follow New Mexico Tradition Of Taking Care Of Families

on March 6, 2017 - 7:01am
Field Director, Strong Families New Mexico

In New Mexico, we take care of each other. It’s just our way. For generations, my family has made it through tough times by supporting each other.

My Grandpa Barboa was a cattle rancher in Albuquerque’s South Valley. He used to tell me stories about the times when they would have a matanza so the community could get through a tough winter or poor summer harvest. I always love when we have our family matanzas. It is a time when we come together and celebrate each other.

Coyote Killing Contests Bill Passes Key Committee

on March 5, 2017 - 9:19am


SANTA FE -- Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed bipartisan legislation through the Senate Judiciary Committee Saturday to end the practice of coyote killing contests in New Mexico.

“Today New Mexico is one step closer to banning inhumane coyote killing contests. This blood sport serves no purpose in the management of coyotes other than killing for the sake of killing. It’s time to make these contests a thing of the past,” Sen. Steinborn said.

This bill now goes to the senate floor for final passage and then, if passed, to the House for consideration in that body.