Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized [...]

Lawmakers confident in support for tax break bill

Alisa Boswell State tax breaks for corporate electricity, which could affect companies such as Tres Amigas, could definitely be in New Mexico’s future, according to local state representatives. Rep. George Dodge, D-Santa Rose, said House Bill 116, which allows deductions in gross receipt taxes on corporate electricity, was recently passed the Business and Industry Committee [...]

Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Lawmakers paint brighter Legislature picture

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor What a difference a year makes. This time around the tone from lawmakers is radically different than it was just a year ago, as they tune up for a January budgeting session of the Legislature. “Last year we started at $240 million in the hole and were in some [...]

Tuesday morning briefing: A recital, meet the lawmakers and some old time music

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Recital set Eastern New Mexico University will host the junior recital of Franklin Piland at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Buchanan Hall of the Music Building in Portales. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 575-562-2377. Meet the lawmakers [...]

Their view: Lawmakers support fire danger rating system

Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque, and Sen. Sander Rue R-Albuquerque are pushing for a state fireworks law based on flexibility and common sense.

Local lawmakers reflect on session

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million [...]

Legislators prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” [...]

Gambling could serve as source of revenue

Freedom New Mexico Gambling proponents once again are hoping that this will be the year Texas lawmakers finally allow gambling enterprises to establish themselves in the state. The issue could help reveal just what kind of “reform-minded” candidates were elected to the legislature in November. Expanded gambling opportunities (limited pari-mutuel betting already is allowed in [...]