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Bill To Increase Accountability, Remove Pensions From Elected Officials Convicted Of Corruption Advances

on February 23, 2019 - 9:07am

Rep. Matthew McQueen


SANTA FE – Today, a bill to add more accountability to those in publicly elected positions passed the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), would remove the pension of an elected official if they are convicted of abusing their position of power.

“Elected officials are in a position of trust and if that trust is abused, New Mexicans deserve to know that they will be held accountable,” Rep. Matthew McQueen.

Rep. Christine Chandler Champions Fair Wages Bill To Prevent Wage Theft ... Now Heads To House Floor

on February 23, 2019 - 8:34am

Rep. Christine Chandler


SANTA FE – The House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Christine Chandler’s (D-Los Alamos) bill Friday to champion fair wages and benefits for workers. House Bill 246, regarding the Prevailing Wage, protects workers adversely affected by wage theft.

House Bill 246 ensures that New Mexicans are paid a fair wage for a hard day’s work by closing loopholes, providing a complaint resolution process, and increases penalties for violations.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 23

on February 23, 2019 - 6:58am

Bob Finch, a retired TV production worker and engineer, addresses an Americans for Prosperity rally Friday outside the state Capitol in Santa Fe. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

DuWayne Shaver, school choir and band director from Capitan, directs the defending state choir champions in A-AAA, for 2018 during a performance Friday at the Rotunda in the state Capitol in Santa Fe. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

By The New Mexican

Days remaining in the session: 21

Confirmations: The Senate on Friday voted 35-0 to confirm Alicia Keyes as secretary of the Economic Development

Senate OKs Bill To ‘Ban The Box’ On Job Applications

on February 23, 2019 - 6:39am
Sen. Bill O'Neill, D-Albuquerque
The state Senate on Friday approved a bill to prohibit private employers from using a job application that asks applicants about arrests or criminal convictions.
The measure carried 28-11 and now advances to the House of Representatives.
Employers would still be free to inquire about an applicant's record after reviewing the application, said the bill sponsor, Sen. Bill O'Neill, D-Albuquerque.
His proposal, Senate Bill 96, is intended to help people with a criminal history apply for jobs without

Interior & Environment Funding Bill Signed Into Law

on February 22, 2019 - 5:33pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, lead Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, announced that the funding bill his subcommittee authored, the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, was signed into law as part of the government funding package which passed Congress last week.
The bill provides critical funding for New Mexico’s public lands, infrastructure, environmental protection and stewardship, and programs for Indian Country.

Secrist: We Need 6 Percent For All...

on February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
Executive Vice President, Steward
CWA, Local 7076

We Need 6% for All Why are Democrats treating state workers unfairly? Santa Fe, New Mexico: Yesterday the the State House of Representatives passed their budget proposal for FY 2020. Educators, Judges, and a few others, are getting 6%. Most state workers are only getting 4%.

We seriously question the priorities of the Democratic leadership of the state. To say we are deeply disappointed is an understatement. Setting a double standard on pay is wrong.

We have nothing against other workers being properly compensated, but

State Game Commission Reform Passes House

on February 22, 2019 - 4:34pm
SANTA FE Yesterday, the House of Representatives took a step towards reforming the State Game Commission by passing House Bill 263, State Game Commission Changes.
House Bill 263 would move the Commission towards more scientific and inclusive decision-making by diversifying the membership, adding stability, and reducing political influence.
“New Mexico needs a more professional and less political Game Commission,” Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo) said. “Our wildlife resources—including hunting and fishing—are critical to more than $1 billion in outdoor

House Sends $7 Billion Budget Plan To Senate

on February 22, 2019 - 7:44am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
The state House of Representatives approved a $7 billion budget on Thursday, sending to the Senate a plan for the next fiscal year that would provide nearly half a billion dollars in additional funds for public schools but which Republicans say amounts to an outsize increase in government spending.
House Bill 2 would mark an 11 percent bump in New Mexico's budget, drawing on a surplus fueled by an oil and gas boom.