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Chandler: Editorial Shows Short-Term Thinking

on March 11, 2019 - 4:43pm

By Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos)

As a freshman legislator, I surprised many people by asking to sit on the House Taxation and Revenue Committee. Few people think that such subjects are interesting, let alone desirable. I disagree. They are at the heart of how our state government functions.

One of our primary jobs as legislators is to ensure that the state can provide the services and infrastructure – education, roads and highways, public safety, and more – that are needed and relied upon by our businesses, families, and communities.

Ringside Seat: Welcome To The Real March Madness

on March 11, 2019 - 10:33am
In civilized America, nothing is quite so frenetic as the last week of a 60-day session of the New Mexico Legislature.
Hundreds of bills -- some critical, some so stupid they appear to have been introduced as a joke -- are still in play. Even some of the worst ones have a chance to receive approval before the session ends at noon Saturday.
The 42 senators and 70 members of the House of Representatives are sleep deprived and under pressure. Some are irritable. A few appear enraged.
What's it like to be a freshman in this storm of

State Police Investigate Two State Employees For Falsely Claiming Hours Worked

on March 11, 2019 - 8:31am

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau opened an investigation Feb. 25 into two State of New Mexico employees for falsely claiming hours on their time cards that they did not work.

Eliasib Ramirez, 41, of Chaparral and Joseph Vielma, 26, of Las Cruces, both transportation inspectors at the Santa Teresa Port of Entry, have been charged with several counts of receiving public money for services not rendered after a supervisor noticed they were leaving work early and claiming overtime for hours they were not working.

During the investigation, State Police agents

Legislative Roundup: March 11

on March 11, 2019 - 8:21am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
By The New Mexican
Days remaining in the session: 5
And now, the deal-making: A bill approved by the House of Representatives to put in place a statewide ethics commission at last received a hearing Sunday in the Senate Rules Committee. But it was pushed far down the agenda, and most of the panel's members left the room as soon as the issue came up.
The result: The committee didn't vote on the measure.
The Rules Committee chairwoman, Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, has her own bill to set up the commission.

U.S. Senators Udall And Heinrich Introduce Legislation To Celebrate, Honor Successes Of Indigenous Women

on March 11, 2019 - 8:07am
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Martin Heinrich introduced a resolution to celebrate and honor the successes of indigenous women across the country.
This resolution recognizes the heritage, culture, and contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women in the United States, highlighting the importance of promoting equity, providing safety, and upholding the interests of strong, diverse women.
“During Women’s History Month, let us reflect on the contributions, the

NWS: Today’s High Near 49, Tonight’s Low Around 38

on March 11, 2019 - 8:02am

The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high near 49 with a 90 percent chance of rain and tonight’s low around 38. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half an inch possible. Courtesy/NWS

Governor: House Bill 7 Will Drive Innovation, Job Creation And Business Development

on March 10, 2019 - 6:30am
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement Friday after the New Mexico Senate overwhelmingly approved House Bill 7, bipartisan legislation that will create Centers of Excellence at four institutions of higher learning, transforming our universities into genuine economic engines that will grow industries and create jobs across the state. The House overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan legislation March 1.
“We need to pave the way to exciting career opportunities in cutting-edge

Udall Introduces Alamogordo Native VFW Commander-In-Chief To Present Legislative Agenda To Congress

on March 10, 2019 - 6:26am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduces Vincent ‘B.J.’ Lawrence, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in Alamogordo who has dedicated a lifetime of service to New Mexico and the United State. Courtesy image


WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Tom Udall introduced Vincent “B.J.” Lawrence, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), to present the VFW’s legislative agenda for the year at a joint hearing hosted by the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs.
During the hearing, Commander Lawrence advocated for important VFW legislative