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Governor Signs Bill To Create Broadband Network

on March 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed House Bill 113 into law. House Bill 113, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo), authorizes the state to establish a statewide broadband network.
 
While New Mexico has one of the highest school Internet connectivity rates in the country, connection speeds at the schools are among the slowest in the country.
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House Passes Bill Benefitting New Mexico Businesses

on March 13, 2017 - 9:32am

STATE News:
  • HB 356 Uses LEDA Funds to Create Jobs & Promote Local Businesses

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 356, which uses Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds to increase local economic growth and create jobs.

HB 356 sponsored by Representatives Rudy Martinez (D-Grants) and Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), targets $2 million in investment dollars specifically for resident businesses in both rural and urban New Mexico.

“When our small businesses thrive, our state thrives,” Rep. Martinez said.

Bipartisan Bill To Rein In Predatory Loan Practices Passes House

on March 13, 2017 - 9:25am

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed House Bill 347, a bill to rein in predatory loan practices, in a sweeping bipartisan vote of 64-2. Sponsored by Rep. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup) and Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), HB 347 is part of a bipartisan effort to limit the fees and charges financial institutions add to installment loans, also known as payday loans, and to implement financial literacy programs in the state.

"We need to make sure the consumer financial market works for everyday New Mexicans, not just the well-connected,” Rep. Lundstrom said.

Mountain Club Swimmer Julia Chen Of Los Alamos Wins 2017 State Short Course Swim Championship

on March 13, 2017 - 8:36am

Julia Chen of Los Alamos wins 2017 State Short Course Swim Championship. Courtesy photo

SPORTS News:

Mountain Club swimmer Julia Chen, the daughter of Haidan and Houtong Chen, won the individual high-point First Place in the girls 11-12 age group at the 2017 New Mexico State Short Course Swim Championship.

Swimmers at the state championship meet March 2-5 at West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque  were limited to seven individual events.

Chen, 12, won three events and finished second in her other four events to take the individual high-point honors.

Letter To The Editor: Background Checks Needed For All Gun Sales

on March 13, 2017 - 7:20am
By CATHY WEBER
Los Alamos
 

I am writing because I support  requiring background checks for all gun sales. As a mom and member of Moms Demand Action, I know gun safety is good for kids and families.

 

Right now, the New Mexico legislature is considering bills that would expand criminal background checks for gun sales to include purchases from unlicensed sellers over the Internet and at gun shows. The background check bill would close the dangerous unlicensed sale loophole and make it harder for criminals to buy guns from strangers in unlicensed sales at gun shows.

 

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Letter To The Editor: If You Really Want A Background Check Bill Passed ... Tell ‘Moms’ And ‘Everytown’ To Sit Down, Shut Up, And Listen

on March 12, 2017 - 10:17am
By KHALIL J. SPENCER
Los Alamos
 
I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or cry when I read the latest pro “background check” letter (by Amber Espinosa-Trujillo) in what seems to be an orchestrated letter writing campaign by Everytown for Gun Safety/Moms Demand Action.

Indeed, it has probably been the tone-deafness and intransigence of that group (both “Everytown” and “Moms” are names for “Astroturf” organizations supported by New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg) that have stood in the way of a background bill passing out of the legislature.

The out of state lobbyists and their supporters,

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Hazardous Waste Backlog May Take Years To Unload

on March 12, 2017 - 9:35am

A hazardous waste permit modification for LANL requests three storage units at Technical Area 55, including the High Efficiency Neutron Counter Pad, shown here, which would be used as an outdoor storage pad. Courtesy/LANL

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Among the many consequences of the Valentine’s Dayradiation incident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico in 2014, one necessity was a significant reworking of hazardous waste storage arrangements at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Plutonium Facility.

Governor Acts On Three More Bills

on March 12, 2017 - 9:34am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation Saturday:

  • Signed House Bill 12 – Close Certain Taos & Colfax Magistrate Courts [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed Senate Bill 200 – Certified School Employee Program Units [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed Senate Bill 6 – Industrial Hemp Research Rules [MESSAGE]

Bill Restricting Isolated Confinement Passes House

on March 12, 2017 - 9:04am

STATE News:  
  • HB 175 Restricts New Mexico Correctional Facilities’ Use of Outdated & Inhumane Practice

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed House Bill 175, the Isolated Confinement Act, in a 38-22 vote Saturday evening.

HB 175 restricts the use of isolated confinement in New Mexico prisons and jails for pregnant women, minors and those suffering from severe mental illness. It also sets a 48-hour maximum for isolated confinement in cases of emergency and a five-day maximum upon initial booking.

“Isolated confinement is overused and misused in our great state,” Rep.

Letter To The Editor: Internet And Gun Show Sales

on March 12, 2017 - 8:54am

AFTNM On Senate Passage Of House Bill 2

on March 12, 2017 - 8:28am

House Approves Bill To Protect Nonprofit Volunteers

on March 12, 2017 - 7:34am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to protect volunteers from personal liability when they are performing services for nonprofit organizations.
 
House Bill 224 is sponsored by Reps. Yvette Herrell (R-Otero) and Bob Wooley (R-Chaves, Lea & Roosevelt).
 
The provisions of the legislation would cover properly trained volunteers acting in good faith and within the scope of their assigned duties.

Heinrich On 16 Million New Private-Sector Jobs

on March 12, 2017 - 7:29am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich issued the following statement after February’s employment report showed more than 16 million private-sector jobs have been created over the past 84 months.
 
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economy added 235,000 jobs in February.
 
“Today’s jobs numbers make clear what we have known for some time: President Trump did not inherit a mess, in fact he inherited one of the longest expansions in American history.

Daylight Savings Time Begins 2 a.m. Sunday!

on March 11, 2017 - 4:10pm

COMMUNITY News:

Remember to spring your clocks forward an hour tonight. Daylight savings time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 12.

Many smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices will change the time automatically for you, but it’s a good idea to change your regular clocks before you go to bed.

Bill To Rein In Predatory Loan Practices Clears Hurdle

on March 11, 2017 - 11:15am
Rep. Patty Lundstrom
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Rep. Patty Lundstrom’s (D-Gallup) bill to rein in predatory loan practices has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a 9-1 vote.
 
HB 347 would limit the fees and charges financial institutions add to installment loans, also known as payday loans, and implement financial literacy programs in the state.
 
"We need to make sure the consumer financial market works for everyday New Mexicans, not just the well-connected,” said Representative Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup). “New Mexicans deserve access to loans with fair interest rates, without

Luján Introduces Two Measures Designed To Increase Transparency In Political Advertising

on March 11, 2017 - 7:47am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), introduced two pieces of legislation March 8 to increase transparency and openness in the political system by making it easier to determine exactly who is sponsoring and paying for political ads.
 
Luján’s bills make it easier to determine who is funding anonymous political ads and require that information filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about those ads be more available and accessible to the public.
 
“Since the Citizens United decision opened the doors to

Letter To The Editor: Veto Override Of HB241 Hurts

on March 11, 2017 - 7:42am
By CHARLES BOWYER
NEW-NM Executive Director
 
Gov. Susana Martinez doesn't think teachers are human, too, since she vetoed HB 241 introduced by Republican legislators.
 
The veto is inhumane - hurting both students and educators. House Bill 241 recognizes that teachers might occasionally need to take sick leave.
 
Fortunately the majority in both the House (only three votes against) and Senate (unanimously in favor) do believe teachers are human, too.
 
Educators statewide urge the House and the Senate to override the Governor's veto, as called for by Sen. Brandt (R-Rio Rancho).

FBI: Armed Man Robs Albuquerque Bank, Flees Crime Scene In Dodge Durango SUV

on March 11, 2017 - 7:25am
FBI News:
 
An armed man robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, March 7, and fled in a white Dodge Durango SUV after switching getaway vehicles.
 
The suspect is described as a bald, stocky Hispanic male in his 30s and approximately 6' tall. He wore a black bandana over his face, a black baseball cap, a blue T-shirt with a white long-sleeve shirt underneath and black jeans.
 
The suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank, 1201 San Pedro Dr., NE, at approximately 11:24 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said he displayed a silver or gray handgun and demanded money from a teller.
 
The teller handed

Udall Votes Against Friedman For Ambassador To Israel

on March 11, 2017 - 7:08am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  March 9, in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against confirming David Friedman for ambassador to Israel.
 
Udall cited Friedman's litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, other public officials, and prominent Jewish organizations. 
 
The Committee advanced Mr.

Solar Panels On State Buildings Passes Committee

on March 11, 2017 - 7:06am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  An important committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives March 9 voted on a bipartisan basis to advance Senate Bill 227, a bill requiring state government to install solar energy panels on its 750 buildings, so long as it would provide a net savings on utility costs and not require any upfront costs. 
 
Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces, the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation will give taxpayers and the State potentially huge potential savings on electric and energy costs. 
 
The bill now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for a vote.

AG Scam Alert: Attorney General Warns Consumers About Top Scams Hitting New Mexico

on March 10, 2017 - 11:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
PUBLIC SAFETY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  On Day 6 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Balderas issued a Scam Alert for the top scams hitting New Mexico consumers.
 
“During Consumer Protection Week, I’m urging New Mexicans to educate themselves about the most common scams hitting New Mexico households and how to spot them before it’s too late,” Balderas said. “Never, ever give out your personal or financial information to someone who calls or emails you.”
 
Top scams hitting New Mexico households
 
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Bill To Invest In New Mexico Infrastructure Projects Passes House

on March 10, 2017 - 11:15am
STATE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE A bill that would invest in New Mexico infrastructure projects passed the New Mexico House, March 9, by a bipartisan vote of 47-20.
 
HB 405 allows the State Investment Council (SIC) to invest half of the state’s permanent fund infrastructure investments on infrastructure projects in New Mexico.
 
“By investing in our state’s infrastructure we are ensuring job creation and long term economic growth,” bill sponsor Representative Antonio Maestas (D-Albuquerque) said.

Scenes From Los Alamos ‘Day Without A Woman’

on March 10, 2017 - 11:14am
Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler speaks to a crowd of some 200 people gathered Wednesday at Ashley Pond Park for the Day Without A Woman! event as part of International Women's Day. The goal of the rally was to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women continue to face. ‘No doubt many of you are worried about the things that are happening in our country,’ Chandler said.

Bipartisan Bill To Ban Coyote Killing Contests Passes State Senate

on March 10, 2017 - 11:11am
STATE SENATE News:
 
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

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

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.

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