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House Passes REAL ID Fix

on February 15, 2016 - 7:42pm


SANTA FE – The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 99, bipartisan legislation to bring New Mexico into compliance with the REAL ID Act and end the practice of giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. 

By a vote of 65 to 1, the House agreed to concur with the bill as amended and passed by the Senate Saturday. It now moves to the Governor’s office for her signature. 

“This bill is a good compromise. It gives New Mexicans a secure and REAL ID compliant driver’s license.

Capital Outlay Bill Passes House Floor

on February 15, 2016 - 7:31pm


SANTA FE – Today, the House unanimously passed HB 219, a bipartisan capital outlay bill funding pubic projects in New Mexico, helping to build critical infrastructure and provide jobs across the state.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper and Rep. Tim Lewis.

“I’m glad that the House has passed this important legislation today to address critical shortages in infrastructure across the state, and I urge the Senate to quickly act on this legislation and send this bill to the Governor,” Harper said. “We’ve invested more than $160 million in infrastructure projects including

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Speaks In Favor Of Memorial Honoring Those Working In Education

on February 15, 2016 - 3:46pm

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard stands on the floor of the House of Representatives today to speak in favor of a memorial honoring all those who work in education. Courtesy photo

Senate Passes Major Measure To Protect Funding Of New Mexico Classrooms

on February 15, 2016 - 1:26pm
Sen. Michael Padilla
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Senate today passed, on a nearly party-line vote of 23-19, critical legislation to protect K-12 public school classrooms from deep scheduled cuts totaling $110 million per year.
The cuts would take effect in July if no action were taken. Senate Joint Resolution 3 (SJR 3), sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla (D-14-Bernalillo), addresses a looming shortfall that is part of a sunset provision established by a previous Legislature.

Luján Holds Open Office Hours In Santa Fe Tuesday

on February 15, 2016 - 1:15pm
SANTA FE  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District will hold open office hours 5:30-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Alto Street Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club, 730 Alto St. in Santa Fe. 
Luján and his staff will be available to meet with constituents to assist them with casework and discuss issues of concern so he can continue to be a powerful voice on their behalf. 
Meetings will be on a first come first served basis and will be limited to five minutes in order to accommodate more constituents.

NNSA Administrator Klotz, Sen. Heinrich, Rep. Lujan Grisham To Discuss Proposed Construction Of New Site

on February 15, 2016 - 12:16pm

NNSA News:

ALBUQUERQUE -- On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Administrator of the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.), Sen. Martin Heinrich (N.M.), and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) will visit the NNSA’s Albuquerque Complex and discuss the status of the current NNSA administrative workspace in Albuquerque and the proposal to construct a new facility for the 1,100 employees who work there.  

BACKGROUND: The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) proposes to construct a new facility for the 1,100

GOP Meeting At UNM-LA 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18

on February 15, 2016 - 9:54am

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos County will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 203 at UNM-LA. 

The meeting will begin with guest speaker Republican Party of New Mexico Chair Debbie Maestas. She will present an overview of how things are moving ahead in New Mexico and what to expect in this year’s election cycle.

A brief business meeting will follow her presentation.

For more information, contact RPLA Chair Bill McKerley at 505.331.3686.

State Senate Snuffs Effort To Legalize Marijuana

on February 15, 2016 - 9:47am

Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino


SANTA FE – The State Senate voted down a proposed constitutional amendment Sunday evening that would have legalized the recreational use of marijuana on a 17-24 vote.

Before the final vote, however, the Senate approved an amendment that would have raised the legal age to use marijuana from 21 to 25 years of age.

There was some lengthy and spirited debate on Senate Joint Resolution 5 (SJR 5), Use & Tax of Marijuana & Revenue, CA,  sponsored by Sen.