VA fails to meet crucial deadline

Senior Democrats and Republicans on the veterans affairs committees have joined hands to scold the Department of Veterans Affairs over missed deadlines and restrictive language drafted for implementing new benefits for caregivers of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. In an unusual letter last week to President Obama, signed by both chairmen and ranking […]

Curry Commissioners selected for steering committee

Freedom New Mexico Four Curry County officials have been selected to serve on steering committees for the National Association of Counties, according to a release from the organization. Commnissioner Wendell Bostwick was appointed to the agriculture and rural affairs steering committees. Commissioner Caleb Chandler was appointed to the justic and public safety steering committee. Commissioner […]

Chandlers tapped to help with Martinez transition

Freedom New Mexico Father and son Caleb and Matt Chandler of Clovis have both been named to search committees for Governor-Elect Susana Martinez, according to releases from Martinez. Matt Chandler, the current 9th Judicial District Attorney, is one of five selected for the public safety and homeland security and emergency management search committee. He ran […]

Press release: Interim committees now broadcast live

State lawmakers are in Santa Fe right now, discussing behavioral-health services. A live, streaming audio feed of interim legislative committees is now available online at http://www.nmlegis.gov

Select committees have openings

Freedom New Mexico The City of Portales is looking for people to serve on its committees: Public Safety Committee; Recreational Advisory Board; Cultural Affairs Committee; Finance/Administration Committee; Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board; Public Works Committee; and Economic Development Finance Review Committee. Submit letters of interest by April 6 to Mayor Sharon King, City Hall, 100 W. […]

Open conference question comes to state senate

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican To open conference committees to the public or not? That seems to be a key question before the state Senate this session, one that’s nearing a vote on the chamber’s floor. The Senate is considering two measures to allow the public and the media into conference committees, […]

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations […]

FSA county committee nominations beginning

PNT Staff Report Farmer and rancher candidate nominations begin today for local Farm Service Agency county committees, according to a news release. The nomination period continues through Aug. 1, and elections take place this fall. “I encourage all producers to participate in the county committee election process by nominating candidates by the Aug. 1 deadline,” […]

Feb. 7, 2006 Legislative Roundup

Compiled by Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers Legislative round-up: • The house approved a bill to fund a new judge in the 9th Judicial District. House Bill 337 allocates $2.2 million for judges, equipment and staff in selected areas throughout the state; and over $1 1/2 million for the offices of district attorneys and public defenders. […]

Effort under way to open conference committes to public

The Associated Press SANTA FE — An effort is under way to open up what goes on behind closed doors in legislative conference committees. “Other public bodies have done this, and they’re still able to get things done,” said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a measure to make conference committees meetings public. Conference committees, […]