Local police playing catch-up on new reporting

By Sharna Johnson, Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Department of Public Safety began reporting crime data collected from state law enforcement agencies on its Web site this month. Spurred by state legislation requiring the department of public safety to serve as a statewide clearing house for crime reporting, the first data report was made […]

House committee considers Ute water legislation

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Rep. Tom Udall said while he remains positive Congress will pass a bill authorizing the Ute Water Project, he has concerns the president might veto it. The bill would authorize federal funding for a $476 million water project proposing to bring water from Ute Lake reservoir to communities in […]

Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

Freedom New Mexico Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. “I am very pleased that the bill […]

Legislators aim to tackle wage exceptions

Staff and Wire Reports Lawmakers are moving quickly to help cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Senate approved a bill on Wednesday to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum wage. The bill now goes to […]

Authority discusses legislation timing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The water […]

Cannon funding legislation introduced

Freedom Newspapers Sens. Pete Domenici, R.-N.M., and Jeff Bingaman, D.-N.M., Monday introduced legislation to promote funding for two military construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release. The legislation to authorize $9.2 million for work at Cannon was offered in advance of FY2008 defense authorization and appropriations bills to highlight the […]

Senate OKs key piece of spaceport plan

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A key element of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan for a spaceport in southern New Mexico won overwhelming support from the Senate on Saturday. By a vote of 36-2, lawmakers approved a measure that authorizes cities and counties to increase gross receipts taxes — with voter approval — to finace […]

Medical marijuana on session agenda

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday he will put medical marijuana legislation on the agenda of the 30-day session. The governor had been hesitant to do so, saying the agenda for the short session was already packed and the bill was controversial. But on Wednesday he said, “This issue is […]

Feds aim to combat meth production

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By Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor Federal legislation is in the works that could tightly regulate the sale of ingredients used in the production of methamphetamines. However, similar measures on the state, county and city level could be in place well before a national law takes hold. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., cosponsored on Wednesday […]

Legislation work mind-boggling

By David Irvin While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active interest in the outcome of the discussions are often left in the dark. The number of bills passing through both houses each day is mind-boggling, officials say. And those peering […]