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Lujan Grisham Urges Extension of Federal Unemployment Insurance

on December 27, 2013 - 8:55am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL NEWS:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With 1.3 million Americans losing all of their federal unemployment insurance Dec. 28, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, is urging an extension of the program.

Friday, she announced that she is cosponsoring the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013 (H.R.3546), legislation that would extend the current Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through the end of 2014. In addition to the 6,000 long-term unemployed New Mexicans who are slated to lose their unemployment insurance Saturday, an

Proposed Bills Require Oversight and Competitive Bid for Behavioral Health Contractors

on December 26, 2013 - 10:50am

STATE News:

SANTA FE - New Mexico's Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHSC) has endorsed legislation, which requires more transparency and accountability of performing behavior health audits and secures avenues to keep in-state providers in business, while tightening up procurement policy.

Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-17 Bernalillo, proposed the bills as a result of the behavioral health audit catastrophe this year, implementing a freeze of Medicaid dollars to 14 behavioral health providers throughout the state.

"It has become abundantly clear there is need for

Luján, Lujan Grisham Introduce Legislation to Protect Native American Seeds

on December 25, 2013 - 11:10am

Courtesy/nativeseeds.org

U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, N.M.-03 and Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, both members of the Congressional Native American Caucus, have introduced legislation to help preserve Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes.

The Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 3782) would allow tribes, working in conjunction with qualified research entities, to obtain grants from the U.S.

New Episode Released of 'The Udall Update' Television Show

on December 25, 2013 - 10:45am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

  • Public Access Program Provides Information About Udall’s Work in the U.S. Senate on Behalf of New Mexicans
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has released a new episode of “The Udall Update,” a public access television program that provides the public an inside look at what’s happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico.
 
The 30-minute episode, which airs on Udall’s YouTube channel and on public access TV throughout the state, includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work he is doing in

Garcia Richard Among MADD Legislative Champions of 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 10:32am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

MADD News:

SANTA FE — Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” and recognized Los Alamos' Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Speaker W. Ken Martinez, Rep. Liz Thomson and Rep. Tim Lewis for their leadership within the New Mexico Legislature to stop drunk driving and protect the rights of victims.

“MADD thanks Speaker Martinez and Representatives Thomson, Garcia Richard, and Lewis for authoring legislation improving New Mexico’s drunk driving law.

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions

on December 22, 2013 - 6:41am
U.S. SENATE News:
  • Bipartisan bill would increase accountability, ensure clear chain of command in federal IT process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jerry Moran, R-KS, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade.

Los Alamos Residents Meet GOP Candidate David Clements Running For 2014 Senate Race

on December 21, 2013 - 7:24am
U.S. senatorial candidate David Clements. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
Community members listen to senatorial candidate David Clements discuss his platform at the Fusion Cafe Friday. Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com
 
STAFF REPORT

U.S. Senatorial David Clements traveled to Los Alamos Friday to meet local residents at a gathering at the Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters in Mari Mac Plaza.

Clements is the Republican front runner for the 2014 senate race against Democratic Sen. Tom Udall. His Facebook page says he is a constitutional conservative.

Clements launched his campaign

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Commends New Mexico Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

on December 20, 2013 - 9:49am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, issued the following statement Thursday with regard to the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage:

"Despite countless efforts made by County Clerks throughout New Mexico, I am proud that New Mexico will join the other 16 states who have legalized same-sex marriage and would like to commend the New Mexico Supreme Court for upholding the State's anti-discrimination provisions in the constitution and outlawing any further discrimination of

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