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Senate Corporations And Transportation Committee Tables PRC Overhaul Bill … All But Ensuring Its Death This Session

A state Senate committee tables PRC Reform HB 11 Tuesday night at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

A state Senate committee tabled a bill Tuesday night that would overhaul the Public Regulation Commission, all but ensuring its death this session.

The bill, which would dramatically alter the structure of the state commission that regulates utility companies in the state, had been gaining momentum after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham backed it and the House approved it by a narrow margin Sunday.

The legislation would shift nearly


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Fifteen Topper Wrestlers Heading To State Meet

Topper wrestlers display their gold medals won at the district meet Saturday in Española. The meet establishes seeding for the state meet this weekend at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho. The Topper team is taking 15 wrestlers to state, one in each weight class. Gold medal winners from left, Nathan Harper, Damian Gonzales, Ben Gellis, Damian Garcia, Mateo Martinez, Teke Nieto. Not pictured is Alex Pittman and Josh Archuleta. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Nathan Harper wrestling in the 138-weight class pins his opponent from Española to win the gold. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com


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Legislative Roundup: 2 Days Remaining In Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM News:

Another cup of java, please: State Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington, was sipping a cup of coffee during a Senate Indian and Cultural Affairs Committee hearing Tuesday morning, but maybe he needed a second one.

First, Sharer tried to table Senate Memorial 44, which would re-create a 400 Years of Freedom, Restrictions and Survival exhibition that opened at the state fair last summer. It aims to raise awareness about the scourge of slavery.

“I’m not interested in spreading more hatred around,” Sharer said.

The memorial’s sponsor, Sen. Antoiniette Sedillo-Lopez,


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Software Issue Causes Delay In Obtaining Death Certificates

The message funeral homes are receiving when attempting to order death certificates online for families of decedents. Screenshot/LADP

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

The New Mexico Bureau of Vital Records is experiencing a breakdown in the producing of death certificates since early February.

When attempting to order death certificates online for families of decedents, funeral homes encounter a message stating: Please do not place death certificate orders until further notice. Our vendor is working on the problem and expects to have a resolution soon.


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Secretary Groginsky Announces Open Application For Early Childhood Education And Care Department Advisory Council

Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, Early Childhood Education and Care Department Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky announced the formation of ECECD’s Advisory Council.

The Council – created by Senate Bill 22 in the 2019 Legislative Session – will include stakeholders from across the early childhood community, including eligible providers, community organizations, educators, employee representatives, and staff from the Legislative Finance Committee and the Department of Finance and Administration.

“New Mexico has extraordinary early


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Santa Fe New Mexican: Ringside Seat

Sen. Bill Tallman

By MILAN SIMONICH
The New Mexican

Talk about reversal of fortune. After 10 years of defeats, proponents of spending part of a $19.7 billion state endowment for early childhood education saw their proposal rescued Monday from the legislative graveyard.

The Senate Rules Committee cut in half the amount of money the program would receive. But the committee also gave the revamped proposal life as the legislative session heads into its final three days.

Two Democrats who had previously opposed the measure — Sens. Bill Tallman of Albuquerque and Clemente Sanchez of Grants — saved


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Bill Creating Path To Import Drugs From Canada Sent To Gov

 

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Courtesy/The Governor’s Office

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
The New Mexican

A bill that would create a potential pathway for New Mexico to import prescription drugs from Canada is now on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.

The House unanimously approved Senate Bill 1, which calls for the state to create a plan for Canadian drug imports, late Sunday night in a 68-0 vote after the Senate previously passed the measure. The governor expressed support for the proposal in a statement Sunday night.

“This measure received


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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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