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San Juan Representatives Honor Aztec Heroes Emery Hill And Kathleen 'Katie' Potter

on February 12, 2018 - 4:20pm
Reps. Bandy and Montoya with representatives from Aztec School District. Courtesy photo
 
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE — This morning, the House of Representatives honored Aztec High School employees Emery Hill and Kathleen “Katie” Potter for their brave actions to protect students after a disturbed shooter entered the school and began firing a weapon.
 
Hill and Potter were formally recognized in House Memorial 98 sponsored by Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington), Rep. James Strickler (R-Farmington), and Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage (R-Kirtland).
 
Hill, a

House Labor And Economic Committee Recognizes Importance Of NAFTA

on February 12, 2018 - 4:15pm
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE Friday, the House Labor and Economic Development Committee recognized the importance of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by passing a memorial introduced by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces).
 
The introduction of HM 86 comes after the current federal administration has expressed their desire to pull out of the agreement, a decision that would have negative impacts on New Mexico’s economy.
 
“We have made great strides expanding exports, particularly with Mexico.

Measure To Improve Outcomes For NM Children Moves Through Senate Committee For First Time

on February 12, 2018 - 4:10pm
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE Friday, House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1) was passed by a Senate Committee for the first time. HJR 1 a constitutional amendment that seeks to uplift New Mexico children by increasing funding for early childhood education.
 
Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 invests in our state’s most precious resource, our children, by increasing enrollment in early childhood education and providing a strong return on investment to New Mexicans.
 
“This is a big step for an initiative that will uplift

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Statement On House Approval Of DWI Blood Test Bill

on February 12, 2018 - 8:04am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
 
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Thursday, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 71, legislation sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) to allow law enforcement officers obtain warrants for blood testing of suspected DWI violators in non-felony DWI cases.
 
The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque).  
 
Rep. Maestas Barnes made the following statement after House passage of the bill:
 
“This bill will make it easier for our law enforcement officers

Chamisa Students Meet Gov. Susana Martinez

on February 12, 2018 - 7:40am

Chamisa Elementary School 4th grade students meet Gov. Susana Martinez and pose for a photo during a visit Feb. 6 to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Trisha Sanchez

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez speaking with 4th grade students from Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock during a visit Feb. 6 to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.  Photo by Omar Sanchez

Heinrich Statement On Bipartisan Budget Agreement

on February 12, 2018 - 7:23am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement regarding the passage of the bipartisan budget agreement:
 
“This two-year budget deal is the result of months of bipartisan negotiations and finally puts an end to the unacceptable series of short-term spending bills and fiscal crises that have held our nation’s priorities hostage to Washington’s gridlock and dysfunction.
 
“This bipartisan agreement is the right path forward for a long-term budget that strengthens our military and funds desperately needed programs such as

Priority Bill To Expand Roswell Air Center Passes House

on February 12, 2018 - 6:28am
LEGISLATIVE News:
 
SANTA FE Thursday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell) and supported by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) to expand the Roswell International Air Center passed the House Floor with broad support.
 
HB 197 would support the air center, bringing economic growth and development to the area.
 
“I took a tour of this facility during our statewide jobs tour and it is far more than an airport. I was astounded by the potential, the resources, and the vision of this community.

Pearce Statement On Suspending Debt Limit

on February 12, 2018 - 6:13am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on the amended continuing resolution and budget that also suspends the debt limit:
 
“Any piece of legislation that suspends the debt limit is simply an excuse for Congress and the government to spend at will, without regard for the consequences down the road. Just as businesses and families have a borrowing limit on their credit card, so does the federal government.

House Passes Plan For Counties To Sell Abandoned Real Property For Which Delinquent Tax Is Due

on February 12, 2018 - 6:05am
SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a plan to make it easier for the state to sell abandoned real property for which delinquent property tax is due.
 
The legislation, House Bill 88, is backed by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena), and Sen. Greg Baca (R-Belen).
 
HB 88 creates an online marketplace for the sale of delinquent or abandoned properties.

Lunch With A Leader: Andrew Harnden Feb. 20

on February 11, 2018 - 1:30am

County Housing & Special Projects Manager Andrew Harnden

LEAGUE News:

This month’s Lunch with a Leader, an event for the community hosted by the League of Women Voters is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Mesa Public Library.

The speaker will be Andrew Harnden who has been working as the County's Housing & Special Projects manager since July 2016. He has B.A. honors and M.A. degrees in Urban Geography from Queen's University and University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Harnden moved to the Southwest in 2001 and worked in community planning and affordable housing development with the Jicarilla

State Highway Poised To Be Named For Lucky Varela

on February 11, 2018 - 1:16am

Former State Rep. Luciano ‘Lucky’ Varela

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State Highway 50 is poised to be named for former State Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela after a memorial passed the House Floor with unanimous consent.

House Memorial 71 was introduced by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Rep. Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup).

“Representative Lucky Varela’s service should serve as example for all legislators. Naming Highway 50 after him will commemorate his work for New Mexico and honor his service,” Speaker Egolf said.

“Highway 50 runs straight through the heart of where

Bill To Boost Small Business Passes House

on February 11, 2018 - 1:14am

Rep. Doreen Gallegos

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – Rep. Doreen Gallegos’ (D-Las Cruces) bill to boost small business passed Saturday the New Mexico House.

House Bill 79 would promote small, local businesses by making Small Business Saturday tax free at small businesses in New Mexico.

“We know that 68 cents of every dollar spent in a small business stays in the community. This bill encourages economic growth in our communities and supports our mom and pop shops. We have to do all we can to ensure that our small businesses can thrive,” Rep. Gallegos said.

House Democrats support local

County Council Holds Closed Session Tuesday

on February 11, 2018 - 1:12am

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County Council will hold a closed session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

Agenda:

1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. BUSINESS

  • A. Discussion of the Purchase, Acquisition or Disposal of Real Property:   NMSA 1978, Section 10-15-1(H) (8). Presenters: County Council - Closed Session
  • B. Closed Session Pursuant to NMSA 1978, 10-15-1 (H) (2) Discussion of Limited Personnel Matters Presenters: County Council - Closed Session

3. ADJOURNMENT

Individuals with a disability who are in need of a reader, amplifier, qualified sign

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Seeks To Increase Quality Classroom Time For Students

on February 11, 2018 - 1:11am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – A memorial to increase quality classroom time for students Saturday passed the New Mexico House.

HM 34, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would convene a task force to study the feasibility of a reduction in paperwork required of education employees, and would modify the New Mexico administrative code to aid in that reduction.

“Quality time in the classroom is so important, and this memorial prioritizes that time.

House Approves Rep. Nate Gentry’s Innovative Plan To Boost New Mexico Student Performance

on February 11, 2018 - 1:08am

Rep. Nate Gentry

 

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

 

SANTA FE—By a vote of 64 to 3, the House of Representatives endorsed House Bill 332, a plan advocated by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) to notify parents via text message if their child has an upcoming required assessment or if their child’s grade point average falls below 2.0.   

 

Rep. Gentry offered this idea as a low-cost way to improve student outcomes.

Rep. Nathan Small Promotes College Success

on February 11, 2018 - 1:04am

Rep. Nathan Small

HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House Saturday passed Rep. Nathan Small’s (D-Las Cruces) Memorial to promote college readiness.

House Memorial 46 convenes a task force between the Higher Education Department and the Public Education Department to recommend a strategy to bolster New Mexico’s dual credit program.

“Students from across the state are engaged in this program and are getting ahead because of the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school.

AFTNM Respond To Tabling House Bill 310

on February 10, 2018 - 4:24pm

AFTNM News:

 

 

SANTA FE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“This morning, majority House Education members made the right call in rejecting House Bill 310, which sought to raise the Level I minimum teacher salary without an appropriation, and also contained an additional – and unfunded – $5 million to so-called recruitment initiatives, which do not adequately address New Mexico’s challenges in retaining our educators.

“While the idea of an extra $2,000 for beginning educators is important and appealing, the reality is

Rep. Bill Rehm’s Statement On House Endorsement Of Statute Of Limitations Removal For 2nd Degree Murder

on February 10, 2018 - 8:10am

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE—Friday night, the House of Representatives unanimously endorsed Rep. Bill Rehm’s (R-Albuquerque) proposal to remove the statute of limitations for second-degree murder prosecutions. His measure, House Bill 33, was combined with a similar measure, House Bill 115, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque).  

 

New Mexico is the only state in the country that applies a statute of limitations on second degree murder. The joint bipartisan effort now moves to the Senate for consideration.  

 

Following the House’s action, Rep. Rehm issued this statement: 

Facebook, AG To Convene Local Leaders, Experts To Discuss Innovative Ways To Fight Opioid Epidemic

on February 9, 2018 - 6:18pm

STATE News:

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, local advocates, community leaders, public health professionals and representatives from Facebook will gather to share insights on the state of the opioid epidemic and the role that meaningful communities play in prevention and response to the epidemic.

Balderas and the Facebook team will highlight and brainstorm the ways in which digital tools can complement the work taking place on the ground to combat the epidemic.

The event begins at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4591 Vista Fuente Road Northwest in Albuquerque.

County Council Meets Tuesday, Feb. 13

on February 9, 2018 - 5:32pm
COUNTY News:
 
Los Alamos County Council will host a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.
 
The meeting is open to the public.
 
Agenda:
 
1. OPENING/ROLL CALL
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. STATEMENT REGARDING CLOSED SESSION Feb. 13, Closed Session Motion
4. PUBLIC COMMENT
5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
6. PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS ON CONSENT AGENDA
7. CONSENT AGENDA Feb, 13 Consent Motion:
  • A. Briefing and Approval of Incorporated County Of Los Alamos Resolution No.

Udall, 11 Senators Demand Explanation For Why White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter Had Access To Classified Information After Security Clearance Denied

on February 9, 2018 - 3:35pm
From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As new details continue to emerge about what the White House knew about former Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s history of alleged abuse – and when they knew it – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) joined 11 other senators in writing to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn today to raise serious concerns regarding Porter’s ongoing access to classified information even after Kelly was notified that Porter was unable to obtain a security clearance.

The senators – including members of the Senate Homeland

Groups Sue MVD For Denying Non-REAL ID Licenses And Cards To Eligible New Mexicans

on February 9, 2018 - 8:27am
NMCLP News:
 
SANTA FE  Last week, civil rights groups and homeless advocates filed a class action lawsuit against the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) and the Motor Vehicles Division (MVD) on behalf of New Mexicans who were illegally denied Driver's Authorizations Cards (DACs) and non-REAL ID identification cards, charging that the state has failed to fully and correctly implement its two-tiered driver’s license law.
 
The requirement of unnecessary documentation for DAC’s and non-federally compliant ID cards has caused chaos at local MVDs and major confusion and

Los Alamos DogHouse PhD Owners Recognized

on February 9, 2018 - 8:04am

Los Alamos DogHouse PhD owners Ruth Scott and Amanda Robertson are recognized this evening as a Star Client of the NMSBDC Network during a reception at La Fonda on the plaza in Santa Fe. Lt. Gov John Sanchez is to their left. They also will be recognized during the 2018 Legislative Session. Tonight's annual reception recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs from across New Mexico who are seeing tremendous growth in their businesses. Courtesy/Dan Mayfield

Attorney General Hector Balderas Expands Investigation Of UNM, Other Organizations

on February 8, 2018 - 3:39pm

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas 

From the Office of the AG:

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas issued the following statement this afternoon:

“We will never tolerate a university culture that denies students their basic rights through illegal discrimination or retaliation against those who report sexual misconduct.

“Our criminal and civil investigation into the University of New Mexico includes the handling of these issues and we are reviewing the actions of officials from top to bottom and any other organizations involved.”

HM 54: Human Rights For Immigrants Heads To House

on February 8, 2018 - 8:26am

HOUSE DEMOCTRATS News:

SANTA FE – A memorial to affirm human rights for undocumented people passed the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee.

HM 54, sponsored by Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), would uphold that the House of Representatives promote, enforce, and defend policies and procedures that protect the human and civil rights of all people in New Mexico regardless of their status.

“Throughout history, New Mexico has been home to migrants and immigrants who have come here seeking better lives for themselves and their families.

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