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House To Decrease Technical Parole And Probation Numbers

Rep. Antonio ‘Moe’ Maestas

By PHILL CASAUS
The New Mexican

The House late Saturday night approved legislation by a wide margin meant to decrease the number of people on parole or probation going back to prison on technical violations for issues like missing a drug test or an appointment with a parole officer.

In a 47-17 vote, CQ  with some Democrats voting against the measure, the House approved a new version of a bill sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque and a handful of other lawmakers. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham vetoed a similar bill last year after it cleared both the House


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New Transparency Rule SR 2 Passes Immediately Allowing News Media And Public To Film In Senate Committee Meetings

Sen. Jeff Steinborn

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Sen. Jeff Steinborn passed Senate Rule Two (SR 2) Saturday on a unanimous vote of 40-0 to allow the media and public to film and take pictures during committee meetings of the State Senate.

The previous Rule, which SR 2 replaced required someone to have to seek and obtain permission of Senate Committee Chairs in order to film.

In previous years citizens and members of the press and public have been occasionally denied the opportunity to film or take photos during committee meetings.

It was the third time Steinborn has passed a Rule change in a legislative


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75th Anniversary Of Trinity Site: NMMSH Hosts Motor Coach Tour

The world’s first atomic bomb mounted inside the tower at Trinity Site. The steel frame of the tower was almost completely destroyed by the detonation. Courtesy/WSMR

Workers carefully unload the core of the atomic bomb at the McDonald House, about three miles from Trinity Site. The core was assembled inside a clean room at the house. Courtesy/WSMR

NMMSH News:

ALAMOGORDO — July 16, 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of an event that was destined to change the course of world history.

On that day in 1945, the United States secretly detonated the first atomic bomb at Trinity Site in New Mexico.

World


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Crafting Of State Budget Could Go Down To Wire

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

There was a sign on a key Senate panel’s door Monday morning with underlined writing in all caps.

“House Bill 2 will not be heard today,” it read.

The General Appropriations Act, also known as the main budget bill for New Mexico state government, had been on the Senate Finance Committee’s agenda for Monday but would now have to continue awaiting action, as it has for nearly since two weeks since the House passed it.

“We don’t have the amendments ready,” Committee Chair Sen. John Arthur Smith told The New Mexican. “It’s not an easy process when you have this many amendments.”


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State Police Arrest Valencia Teacher For Assaulting Student

Lawrence Larson

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police were called Thursday, Feb. 13 to investigate allegations of criminal sexual contact of a juvenile that occurred at Valencia High School in Los Lunas.

NMSP Investigations Bureau was called and assumed control of the investigation. Through an extensive investigation, State Police agents learned the female juvenile victim, who is a student at Valencia High School, was sexually assaulted by a teacher.

The juvenile disclosed she was in class when Lawrence Larson, 50, of Los Lunas touched her between her legs. The student left the classroom


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Legislative Roundup: 3 Days Remaining In Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM News:

Temper, temper: Tensions flared between two Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday during a discussion of Senate Bill 98, which deals with compliance with minimum wage laws on public works projects.

The verbal dust-up took place between the sponsor, Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, a member of the committee, over how best to define public records requests regarding employee wages.

Testy exchanges of dialogue and accusations of making faces dominated the conversation for a few moments, and


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American Geophysical Union: New Research Shows Warming, Acidic Oceans May Nearly Eliminate Coral Reef Habitats By 2100

Coral bleaching happens when corals are stressed by conditions such as high temperatures. According to new research, rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100. Courtesy/USGS

AGU News:

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Rising sea surface temperatures and acidic waters could eliminate nearly all existing coral reef habitats by 2100, suggesting restoration projects in these areas will likely meet serious challenges, according to new research presented here Monday at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020.

Scientists project 70 to 90


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Democracy In Action: Los Alamos Democrats Hold Pre-Primary

Democrats from Ward C cast ballots for their delegates to the NM Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Democrats sign in at the County Pre-Primary Convention Saturday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Democrats gathered to hear from state candidates and elect delegates to the Democratic Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

Voting party members numbered 87, Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Cat Ozment said.


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Constitutional Amendment Asking Voters To Approve Historic Opportunity For New Mexico’s Kids Passes Senate Committee

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

House Democrats Champion Initiative to Lift Generations of Children out of Poverty

SANTA FE – Today, a Constitutional Amendment that would invest tens of millions of dollars every year into the success of New Mexico’s kids, passed the Senate Rules Committee.

House Joint Resolution 1, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), is a constitutional amendment that uplifts New Mexico’s kids through increased distributions from the $20 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) for quality early childhood education


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