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Legislative Roundup: 53 Days Remaining In Session

Legislative Roundup
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Transparency bill moves forward: Members of the House State Government, Election and Indian Affairs Committee voted 8-0 to pass House Bill 55, which would require the Legislature to publish a searchable database identifying capital outlay projects sponsored by each lawmaker and how much money those lawmakers allocate to each one.

Funds for some public infrastructure are allocated to all 112 legislators and the governor, who have discretion on how to spend them. But they do not have to say how much they gave to each project. Previous efforts to push similar efforts


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Governor To Deliver Virtual State Of State Address Tuesday

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham 

By ROBERT NOTT
SFNM

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is scheduled to deliver her State of the State address online Tuesday afternoon from her office in the Capitol, a week after COVID-19 concerns and tightened security surrounding the Roundhouse forced a postponement.

The address will be devoid of the usual pomp and circumstance that usually comes on the first day of the legislative session. In normal times, the governor’s speech is attended by political leaders, legislators, friends and others. 

Governor’s Office spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett said the address


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New Mexico COVID-19 Update: 494 New Cases, Total Now 169,696 With 12 New Deaths And 95,848 Patients Recovered

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced this afternoon 494 additional positive tests for COVID-19.

Los Alamos County reports 1 new cases today bringing the total to 425 people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Today’s update includes 12 new deaths in New Mexico related to COVID-19.

The New Mexico Department of Health reports today’s most recent cases:

  • 143 new cases in Bernalillo County
  • 14 new cases in Chaves County
  • 8 new cases in Cibola County
  • 14 new cases in Curry County
  • 68 new cases in Doña Ana County
  • 11 new cases in Eddy County
  • 5 new cases in Grant County
  • 3 new cases

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Bandelier Switching To Charge Card Only Payments Feb. 1

BANDELIER News:

Bandelier National Monument will join many other national park sites in the modernization of their fee collection programs by transitioning to charge card only payments.

The modernization collection program begins Monday Feb. 1, 2021 and includes for park entrance fees and campground fees as well as Interagency Pass purchases.

Best ways to pay entrance fees at Bandelier:

  • Online prior to visiting through Recreation.gov;
  • By credit card at the automated fee machines at the park entrance station or inside the shelter at Tsankawi;
  • In-person at the Visitor Center with credit

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Los Alamos Police Now Cross Commissioned As Special Deputies For Santa Fe County … Authorized To Assist/Enforce Traffic/Criminal Laws In Surrounding Area

LAPD News:

Los Alamos Police Department officers have been cross commissioned as Special Deputies for Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza.

LAPD officers now have authority to assist and enforce traffic and criminal laws outside the County of Los Alamos.

LAPD encourages commuters to drive at a safe speed dependent upon the weather in the upcoming months as officers will be enforcing traffic offenses in Los Alamos and neighboring Santa Fe County.  

 

 


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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham And Rep. Deborah Armstrong Introduce Bill Establishing Health Care Affordability Fund

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Rep. Deborah Armstrong announced this morning the introduction of legislation that establishes a new fund to reduce the cost of health insurance and medical expenses for tens of thousands of working New Mexico families.

“Even before the pandemic, access to high-quality and affordable health care for every New Mexican was a non-negotiable priority of my administration,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “House Bill 122 will expand coverage for up to 23,000 uninsured New Mexicans in its first year and drive down premiums for tens of thousands


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State Mental Health Monday Message: A Path to Wellness

STATE News:

During these times we need to positively impact the health and well-being of the community.

Click here to watch supportive videos and learn more about the diverse health promotion and prevention education programs, and specialized public health services, available through the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc.


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Curative COVID-19 Testing Moving From Fuller Lodge To Overlook Park As Drive-Through Site In White Rock Tuesday

COUNTY News:

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Curative COVID-19 testing clinic will move from Fuller Lodge to Overlook Park in White Rock as its permanent drive-through testing site.

Citizens who already scheduled appointments at Fuller Lodge for this coming Tuesday, need only to arrive at their scheduled time at Overlook Park instead.

Signage will direct individuals once they turn east onto Overlook Road.

Curative staff will instruct citizens how to self-administer the test from their car, will collect the sample and send it to the lab for testing. Results will be emailed or sent via text


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New Mexico Lawmakers To Again Push For Lobbyist Reform

State Sen. Jeff Steinborn

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
dchacon@sfnewmexican.com

Lobbyists will be a topic of discussion during this year’s legislative session but won’t be physically present to make their case when lawmakers once again consider measures requiring greater disclosure about their advocacy efforts.

They include requiring lobbyists or their employers to list the bills they lobbied on and the position they took, as well as the reporting of all money spent to influence state policy, including all compensation paid to a lobbyist.

A report issued by New Mexico Ethics Watch last year states


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Profile: House Appropriations & Finance Committee Chair; Legislative Finance Committee Vice Chair Patty Lundstrom

Rep. Patty Lundstrom, D-Gallup, takes the oath of office on the House floor on the first day of the 2021 legislative session. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

By DANIEL J. CHACÓN
dchacon@sfnewmexican.com

At 16, state Rep. Patty Lundstrom started her own business.

An overnight success? Hardly. Her first venture failed miserably.

“We were broke at the end of it,” the Gallup Democrat, now 60, recalled in a recent interview. “We had to close up shop two weeks early.”

But the experience — operating a concession stand at the government-owned swimming pool in the village of Milan, where she grew


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