Their view: Rep. Crook opposes proposed emissions cap

State Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, is encouraging area residents to attend next week’s meeting of the State Environment Air Quality Bureau to oppose efforts to impose a strict cap on greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting is set for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis Civic Center. Here’s a snippet from a letter Crook and other […]

Rep. Crook: Hosting state meeting helped put face on community

Freedom New Mexico This week’s Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis was informative and educational but more than anything, it put a face to the community, according to state Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “When the other legislators have the opportunity to be in your community and see exactly what we are and what we’re about, […]

Campos, Crook and Roch win state seats

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico In the race for local state representative seats, incumbents Jose Campos and Anna Crook held onto their positions in the House, while newcomer Dennis Roch defeated his opponent to claim the third seat. Roch, the assistant superintendent of Tucumcari schools, was elated Tuesday night at news of his victory. […]

Novak trial: Day 9 — Defense tactics irk judge

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — A special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations was the brunt of defense ire and sarcasm on Wednesday, accused of a botched and careless investigation in the first-degree murder trial of Airman Basic Edward Novak II. Under cross-examination, OSI Agent Thad […]

Session likely to be extended

Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says lawmakers did great work in the legislative session that ended Saturday — just not enough of it. The governor said while it was the most productive session in state history, “we still have business to finish.” He said he will call the Legislature back […]

Wage hike Richardson’s ‘crown jewel'; business owners disagree

By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers As the clock ticked down on the 2007 New Mexico Legislature, a lobbying effort by Gov. Bill Richardson produced a state minimum wage. Legislation to raise the minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 won final approval Friday when it narrowly passed the Senate. Richardson called it the […]

Life of a bill

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, R-Clovis. Constituent e-mails, letters and phone calls bounced in her head. Suggested laws. Suggested funding. Requests she finds reasonable, […]

Meth, drug rehab top local legislators’ lists

By Andy Jackson Local legislators are adamant about two bills they wrote that will hit the Roundhouse in upcoming weeks — separate yet connected propositions for mandatory drug sentencing and rehabilitation initiatives. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he’s introducing a bill that would impose mandatory methamphetamine sentencing, to “get cooks out of the kitchen,” he […]

ENMU gets Alcohol 101 Plus

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Patricia Madrid thinks tougher laws, including ignition locks for convicted drunken drivers and felony charges for those who provide alcohol to minors, will be effective in combating underage and binge drinking. But New Mexico’s attorney general thinks that’s only part of the solution. “We have to change the culture, […]

Legislature vicious in final few hours

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was viscous. Lawmakers thrashed through hundreds of bills over the last 60 days, but some of the most recognizable issues —including a bed tax credit and capital outlay requests — weren’t resolved […]

Gov. Richardson calls session ‘major victory’

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers said […]

Sexual orientation discrimination bill to be debated

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A highly controversial ban approved last year will again be on the agenda for this year’s session, all because the governor signed the wrong version of the bill last year. Two local lawmakers said they will not support it. Last year, lawmakers approved a ban on discrimination based […]

Retired teachers lobby for retirement funds

Michelle Seeber New Mexico lawmakers on Monday told retired educators they’ll have to fix their retirement fund themselves. The fund is $2.3 billion short of what actuarial studies projected it would grow to over the last three years, with assets totaling $6.1 billion instead of $9.3 billion, according to information provided at the forum, which […]

Area legislators speak out against amendments

Gary Mitchell While Gov. Bill Richardson drummed up support Wednesday in Portales and Clovis for two state constitutional amendments designed to revamp education, a couple of area legislators remained cautious on at least one of those amendments. Constitutional Amendment 1 would create a cabinet-level Secretary of Education position, and Constitutional Amendment 2 would increase distributions […]