Politics

Governor Names John Salazar IT Secretary

STATE News:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today named John Salazar secretary of the New Mexico Department of Information and Technology. He will begin work Monday, March 2.
With more than 25 years of experience in the information technology and management field, Salazar is a longtime chief information officer with specialized experience leading information technology organizations, including the information technology divisions of several New Mexico state government agencies.
In addition to serving as project manager at CSW Enterprises, a Santa Fe-based information technology

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Bill Making State More Military Friendly Signed Into Law

NMDP News:

SANTA FE — A House Democratic bill making it easier for New Mexico’s active military service members, military families and veterans, to obtain the professional licenses they need to be successful was signed Wednesday by Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham.

House Bill 30, the Expedited Licensure of Military Families Act, sponsored by Rep. Eliseo Lee Alcon (D-Gallup), Rep. Debra Sarinana (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Harry Garcia (D-Grants) and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), waives fees and expedites the process associated with obtaining occupational and public school


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Governor Signs New Mexico Senior Dignity Fund Into Law

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed two pieces of legislation Wednesday establishing important protections for New Mexico seniors.

House Bill 225 establishes the Kiki Saavedra Senior Dignity Fund, a crucial investment in improving and delivering high-priority services for seniors all across New Mexico.

The Legislature, in House Bill 2, appropriated $7.3 million for the initiative, a priority of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s for the 2020 legislative session. 

The legislation is named in honor of the late state Rep. Kiki Saavedra; it was co-sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong,


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Udall, Senators Introduce Comprehensive Bill To Break Up Cozy Relationship Between FAA And Aviation Industry

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced comprehensive legislation to improve safety for aviation passengers by revitalizing oversight of the aviation industry.

The Restoring Aviation Accountability Act would reform the federal government’s role to implement strong safety standards for and oversight over the aviation industry in the wake of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashes


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NWF Commends Udall And Grassley Oil &Gas Bill

NWF News:

Restoring Fiscal Responsibility to Oil and Gas Leasing on Our Public Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Wildlife Federation commends Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) for introducing a bill to modernize oil and gas fiscal policies on America’s public lands.

The “Fair Returns for Public Lands Act” is a common-sense approach to ensure the oil and gas industry pays its fair share.

“For decades, oil and gas companies have enjoyed an unfair advantage, paying far below market value to lease and develop energy on our public lands. This short changes American taxpayers


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PRC Chair Reflects On 2020 Legislative Session

Public Regulation Commissioners. Courtesy/PRC

By THERESA BECENTI-AGUILAR
PRC Commission Chair

The PRC Commissioners have worked hard in 2019 at reaffirming the Commission’s commitment to the public interest

We have sought to restore the public’s trust after the preceding decade at the PRC. We have a very good consumer relations division, work well with all utility companies and have been scrutinizing telecommunication companies to ensure they remain in compliance.

In July 2019, the PRC held its first “Rural Networks Conference” in Farmington. The purpose of this conference was to bring


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State GOP Response To Governor Signing ‘Red-Flag’ Bill

From the Republican Party of New Mexico:

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, the rights of law-abiding New Mexicans were snatched away from them.

By penning her name to the Red Flag bill, Gov. Lujan Grisham fired a shot against our Constitutional rights.

It looks like special interests outweigh the citizens of New Mexico again. This is a gun grab that violates our 2nd Amendment rights, due process and search and seizure practices and opens the door to all kind of legal problems.

“This bill was rammed through the legislature with a total disregard of New Mexicans’ rights. There were many Constitutional and legal


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Governor Signs Controversial ‘Red-Flag’ Bill Into Law

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act today at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM

By JENS GOULD
New Mexican

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed high-profile firearms legislation today, hailing the new law as a measure that can prevent gun violence and issuing a warning to any sheriffs who might refuse to enforce it.

Under the Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order Act, law enforcement can seek a court order to temporarily take firearms and ammunition away from a person who is found to pose a threat. A court hearing must then be held within 10 days,


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Governors Call For Dedicated Cybersecurity Grant Fund

NGA News:

Legislation Will Strengthen Preparedness and Response Among States and Localities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Governors Association (NGA) commends Congress for taking a critical step forward in helping states and localities enhance their cybersecurity efforts and urges passage of legislation this year to provide a dedicated cybersecurity grant fund for states and localities.

The rise of cyber incidents, intrusions and disruptions highlights the urgent need to establish a comprehensive approach to protect critical infrastructure at all levels of government.

Governors


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New Mexico GOP Chair Addresses Primary Ballot Challenge

By STEVE PEARCE
New Mexico GOP Chairman

The Republican Party of New Mexico is extremely serious about our mission: “TURN NEW MEXICO RED IN 2020”.

I have never seen such an exciting group of candidates as we are placing on the ballot for the June Primary. They are more diverse than we have ever had, they have a greater breadth of experience and demonstrate the resolve needed for a Republican to win in New Mexico.

Yesterday, the Albuquerque Journal published an article in which they state:

Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld has been denied a spot on the New Mexico Republican primary ballot in June.


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