Legislators optimistic over capital outlay requests

Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it was evident […]

Bill tracker: New bills introduced

Tonjia Rolan Local area legislators have introduced 14 new bills since Jan. 26. The deadline for filing legistlation was Feb. 1. House and Senate bill progress has been updated to reflect information available 5 p.m. Monday.

Legislators seek public’s input on legislative issues

Kevin Wilson It’s a long road from eastern New Mexico to Santa Fe, and it’s a tough process once a citizen gets to the New Mexico Legislature. A quartet of local legislators have tried, to noted success, to make the process a two-way street of communication by simply asking, “Tell us what you think.” The […]

Parents should have option to pick schools

Freedom Newspapers National School Choice Week started Monday, focusing attention on efforts of parents, activists, legislators, students and grass-roots networks to promote school choice programs throughout the United States. Legislators should take heed and this year expand choice programs for all students in an effort to fix the country’s ailing public education system. School choice, […]

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]

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 […]

Their view: Administration won’t work with film industry

An open letter to Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and New Mexico legislators from the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico:

Their view: Legislators need to rethink laws

Kent McManigal writes for Freedom New Mexico. He shares his thoughts on the gambling incident at Portales County Club:

Legislators ready to tackle upcoming bills

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Kevin Wilson New legislators for eastern New Mexico report a steep learning curve in their first state legislative session. But, as sessions go, this year’s 60-day affair is the best one to learn from, as budget woes mean there’s little extraneous legislation coming. “All sessions are defined by how many dollars there are and where […]

Legislators must focus on budget

Budget cuts seem to be foremost in everyone’s mind these days — everyone it seems but our elected officials. Budget cutting seemed to get short shrift during the President’s State of the Union address this week. The words investment came up quite a bit, which I’m sure is political code for “spending.” Federal lawmakers aren’t […]

Wednesday morning briefing: “Born in the USA,” New Mexico legislators off and running

Good morning, and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday morning briefing.

Now time for GOP to rein in spending

Freedom New Mexico As a new Congress reflecting the will of the voters as of November finally assumes office, with Republicans holding a majority in the House and more effective power in the Senate, we can expect symbolic gestures and a few substantive moves in the direction of less-intrusive government. Whether legislators will move much […]

Lawmakers describe session as unusual

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Different, unusual, fatalistic Those are some of the words used by area legislators to describe the tone of this year’s 30-day legislative session. Pending elections, the strain of having no money to work with, little guidance from the executive branch and a growing moderate platform are some of the […]

Bill delays agency mergers to 2011

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While legislators have been slow to act on governor’s task force proposals to consolidate state agencies, the House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a measure to set up another task force to make specific recommendations for next year’s Legislature. Gov. Bill Richardson’s efficiency task force, headed by former […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. Those […]

Legislators showered with $128,747 in gifts

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Audio webcasts popular among lawmakers in poll

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Audio webcasts from the House floor could begin as soon as today, a move that appears popular with lawmakers who responded to an informal survey by The New Mexican. Twenty of the 21 legislators who took part in the poll said they support webcasting from the floor and committee […]

Legislators talk with business leaders

By Bob Quick: The Santa Fe New Mexican With a budget deficit of more than half a billion dollars looming over the state, there’s a need to “keep an eye on what’s happening” in Santa Fe during this legislative session, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a Tuesday morning gathering of business leaders from around New […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]