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Rep. Miguel Garcia Measure To Secure Personal Information Advances In Senate Committee

on March 10, 2019 - 6:12am

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The Sensitive Personal Information Protection Act has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. House Bill 141, sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque), creates a clear and strong confidentiality policy that keeps certain sensitive personal information from being disclosed by state employees.

The protected information would include social security numbers, Individual Tax ID numbers, a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, immigration status, national

Military Veterans, Active-Duty Personnel To Be Honored At 2019 Military & Veterans Day At Legislature March 11

on March 10, 2019 - 6:12am

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to lead the tributes to military veterans and active-service personnel Monday, March 11 during Military and Veterans Day at the 2019 Legislature at the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

This is the annual day during the legislative session presented by the New Mexico National Guard and the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (DVS) to honor service members and veterans for their military service.

At a noon ceremony in the Rotunda, the Governor will be joined by DVS Secretary Judy Griego and New Mexico Army National Guard Maj.

Legislative Roundup: March 10

on March 10, 2019 - 6:12am

Nidia Martinez and other members of Mariachi Fiesta brought some life, color and music to the Capitol Rotunda Saturday in Santa Fe. Robert Nott/The New Mexican
 
By The Santa Fe New Mexican
 
Days left in session: 6
 
Film cap increases: The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill that would raise New Mexico's annual cap on tax rebates for film production companies that shoot in the state to $110 million from $50 million.
 
Filmmakers can qualify for 25 percent tax rebates on qualified expenses for projects shot in New Mexico.

Lawmakers Pledge Funds For Code Talker Museum

on March 10, 2019 - 6:11am
By ROBERT NOTT
State Sen. John Pinto, a 94-year-old Democrat from Gallup, has long wanted to build a Navajo Code Talkers Museum and Visitors Center in New Mexico to honor the service of about 400 Navajo servicemen who used their language skills to pave the way for the invasion of the Japanese islands in World War II.
 
On Friday, his dream finally came closer to reality when Gov.

Alicia Gonzales Signs With Highlands University

on March 10, 2019 - 6:09am

Surrounded by her grandmother Helen Atencio, mother Yvonne Gonzales, brother Antonio Gonzales and father Joseph Gonzales, Los Alamos High School senior softball standout Alicia Gonzales signs a letter of intent Friday to play softball for New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas. Gonzales played in the outfield and batted .517 and had five home runs and 27 RBR’s. Courtesy photo

Joint Resolution To Ask Voters To Consider Runoff Elections Passes House

on March 10, 2019 - 6:05am

Rep. William Pratt

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – The House of Representatives has passed House Joint Resolution 6. This resolution proposes to amend the state constitution to allow runoff elections in primary and statewide elections.

“Sometimes in an election when there are more than two candidates, the winner does not reach more than 50 percent of the vote,” said Rep. William Pratt (D-Albuquerque). “Majority winners have a stronger mandate, and can therefore govern more effectively, knowing that they count with the support of most of their constituents.”

A runoff election is an

Daylight Saving Time Begins 2 a.m. Today!

on March 10, 2019 - 12:02am

Daylight Saving News:

Sunday, March 10, most Americans will set their clocks forward an hour, as daylight saving time (sometimes erroneously called daylight savings time) begins at 2 a.m., and most of the United States will "gain" an hour of daylight.

These spring and fall clock changes continue a long tradition started by Benjamin Franklin to conserve energy.

Starting in 2007, DST begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March, when people move their clocks forward an hour at 2 a.m. local standard time (so at 2 a.m. on that day, the clocks will then read 3 a.m.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Presses Military Leaders On Improving Military Housing Conditions

on March 9, 2019 - 1:23pm
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) questioned top military leaders Thursday during a Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) hearing on the chain of command’s accountability to provide safe military housing and other building infrastructure to servicemembers and their families.
 
 
Recent reports have revealed the pervasive and dismal living conditions that thousands of military members and their families are subjected to on military bases

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