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State House Highlights: Feb. 4-8

on February 12, 2013 - 6:26am

State House Highlights:

       On the Floor

  • The House Judiciary Committee substitute for House Bill 74, sponsored by Rep. Roberto Gonzales (D-Taos-42), was introduced for third reading on the floor. The bill seeks to preserve affordable housing by amending the Affordable Housing Act, and provides for enforcement of the act and penalties for violation of the act. It passed 67-0, and will move to the Senate.
  • House Joint Memorial 25 as amended, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth Thomson (D-Bernalillo-24), was introduced for third reading on the floor.
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Garcia Richard Enters Amendment to Limit Class Sizes

on February 12, 2013 - 6:22am

STATE News:
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties, has entered an amendment to the New Mexico Constitution to limit class sizes in public schools:

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 7

51st legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2013

INTRODUCED BY

Stephanie Garcia Richard

A JOINT RESOLUTION 2013

PROPOSING TO AMEND ARTICLE 12 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO BY ADDING A NEW SECTION TO LIMIT CLASS SIZES IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR; ALLOWING WAIVERS UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS PRIOR TO THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR.

BE IT

NM Senators Seek U.S. Attorney Applicants

on February 11, 2013 - 11:43am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich are accepting applications for the position of United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico.
 
President Obama nominated current U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales to a federal court judgeship Jan. 4, 2013.
 
Upon Gonzales’ confirmation by the Senate, the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico will become vacant.
 
In accordance with their constitutional responsibility to provide advice and consent with respect to federal appointments, Udall and Heinrich will recommend a short

Bandelier is Your Backyard!

on February 9, 2013 - 7:36am

The overall winner in the 2012 GBBC photo contest features this Cedar Waxwing. Photo by Ben Thomas, Georgia

BANDELIER News:

Come visit Bandelier for the 16 annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), Feb. 15-18.

After 15 years of success in North America, GBBC is now global. In 2013, anyone, from anywhere on earth, can participate by visiting www.ebird.com or www.birdcount.org and reporting the kinds and numbers of birds they see during the annual count.

During the 2012 count, participants reported 17.4 million bird observations on 104,000 checklists.

Lawmakers Request Strong New NNSA Administrator

on February 9, 2013 - 7:26am

CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Members of the New Mexico Congressional Delegation, Sen. Tom Udall, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Luján and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from a series

Native Women Have Waited Too Long for Justice

on February 8, 2013 - 11:19pm
Courtesy photo
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON –In a speech on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. Thursday urged the Senate to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with tribal provisions to protect Native American women from domestic abuse.
 
To watch Udall’s speech, click here.
 
Since VAWA’s passage, domestic violence has decreased by over 50 percent. Yet, one in three Native women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and Native women are victims of domestic violence at a disproportionately higher rate.
 
The VAWA provisions would help tribal courts prosecute domestic

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