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Crafting Of State Budget Could Go Down To Wire

By JENS GOULD
The New Mexican

There was a sign on a key Senate panel’s door Monday morning with underlined writing in all caps.

“House Bill 2 will not be heard today,” it read.

The General Appropriations Act, also known as the main budget bill for New Mexico state government, had been on the Senate Finance Committee’s agenda for Monday but would now have to continue awaiting action, as it has for nearly since two weeks since the House passed it.

“We don’t have the amendments ready,” Committee Chair Sen. John Arthur Smith told The New Mexican. “It’s not an easy process when you have this many amendments.”


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State Police Arrest Valencia Teacher For Assaulting Student

Lawrence Larson

NMSP News:

The New Mexico State Police were called Thursday, Feb. 13 to investigate allegations of criminal sexual contact of a juvenile that occurred at Valencia High School in Los Lunas.

NMSP Investigations Bureau was called and assumed control of the investigation. Through an extensive investigation, State Police agents learned the female juvenile victim, who is a student at Valencia High School, was sexually assaulted by a teacher.

The juvenile disclosed she was in class when Lawrence Larson, 50, of Los Lunas touched her between her legs. The student left the classroom


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Legislative Roundup: 3 Days Remaining In Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM News:

Temper, temper: Tensions flared between two Democrats in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday during a discussion of Senate Bill 98, which deals with compliance with minimum wage laws on public works projects.

The verbal dust-up took place between the sponsor, Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, a member of the committee, over how best to define public records requests regarding employee wages.

Testy exchanges of dialogue and accusations of making faces dominated the conversation for a few moments, and


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Democracy In Action: Los Alamos Democrats Hold Pre-Primary

Democrats from Ward C cast ballots for their delegates to the NM Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Democrats sign in at the County Pre-Primary Convention Saturday afternoon at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

Democrats gathered to hear from state candidates and elect delegates to the Democratic Pre-Primary Convention Saturday at Fuller Lodge.

Voting party members numbered 87, Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Cat Ozment said.


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Constitutional Amendment Asking Voters To Approve Historic Opportunity For New Mexico’s Kids Passes Senate Committee

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

House Democrats Champion Initiative to Lift Generations of Children out of Poverty

SANTA FE – Today, a Constitutional Amendment that would invest tens of millions of dollars every year into the success of New Mexico’s kids, passed the Senate Rules Committee.

House Joint Resolution 1, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), is a constitutional amendment that uplifts New Mexico’s kids through increased distributions from the $20 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) for quality early childhood education


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House Passes Public Regulation Commission Overhaul Bill

PRC Chief of Staff Jason Montoya

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
The New Mexican

After three hours of debate, the House passed legislation late Sunday that would dramatically alter the structure of the state commission that regulates utility companies in New Mexico following frustration from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other elected officials over how it has functioned.

In a 36-34 vote, the House approved a plan to shift nearly every division within the Public Regulation Commission to another state agency that is under the authority of the governor. It also would make the PRC chief of staff a position


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State Republican Party: Progressive Democrats Red Flag Bill Violates New Mexicans Constitutional Rights

From the Republican Party of New Mexico:

ALBUQUERQUE — Last night’s New Mexico House passage of SB5, known as the Red Flag bill, is the latest example of how left-leaning Democrats are tearing away at the fabric of our great state.

By a vote of 39-31, the House snatched away New Mexicans’ Constitutional rights. This legislation, allowing authorities to confiscate firearms if they feel a homeowner may be a threat to himself or others, clearly violates peoples’ 2nd Amendment rights, due process and search and seizure protocol. The bill is essentially a progressive Democrats’


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Senate Bill 137 To Remove Barriers For Professional And Occupational Licenses Moves To House Floor

Scene of the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee Friday at the Roundhouse. Courtesy/NMDT

NM Dream Team News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The House Commerce & Economic Development Committee passed SB 137 Friday with a unanimous vote.

The proposal looks to remove professional and occupational licensing barriers in our state and extend access to ALL New Mexicans, regardless of immigration status.

The bill, which passed the Senate floor with a unanimous vote last week, now moves to the House floor and is expected to be heard soon. If passed, SB 137 will move to the Governor’s desk for final


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Happy Presidents’ Day 2020!

The White House. Courtesy/history.com

HISTORY News:

Today is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday celebrated annually on the third Monday in February.

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a


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