Legislature back at it Monday

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers who want tax hikes as part of a plan to fill a $650 million budget gap suffered a setback Sunday when a Senate committee ruled such increases can’t be considered during the special legislative session. The Committees’ Committee ruled tax increases must be left out of the […]

Clovis hosts Legislative Finance Committee meeting

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis this week, local officials hope that updates on the local uses of government appropriations will encourage the Legislature to earmark more money for the area. The Clovis Civic Center will host the three-day meeting, which begins with an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday […]

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session […]

Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

Freedom New Mexico State lawmakers passed a pair of capital outlay financing bills Saturday during the last day of the 60-day session. One bill allocates almost $140 million for more than 70 projects across the state, while another bill reallocates funding from previously approved projects to new ones. Both bills go to Gov. Bill Richardson’s […]

Legislature works on transparency, ethics measures

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol.

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The New Mexico Legislature set the tuition fees to be charged by New Mexico colleges for the first time ever with the General Appropriations Act. Eastern New Mexico University’s tuition was raised $10 to $120 per year.

Poll finds support for voter ID

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While the Legislature routinely rejects Republican efforts to require New Mexico voters to show identification when casting ballots, a newly-released non-partisan poll indicates voters would approve the idea by a landslide. The poll was conducted in November by Research & Polling Inc., an Albuquerque firm, as part of a […]

Feb. 4, 2009 Legislature Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Sen. Sanchez meets the press: Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, on Wednesday unexpectedly dropped in the Capitol Media Room to give an impromptu, informal press conference. Sanchez said he believes there’s a very good chance that serious ethics legislation will pass the Legislature this year. The mounting number of […]

New rehearsal hall for opera on horizon

By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give […]

Legislature tidbits, Jan. 28

Santa Fe New Mexico staff Days remaining in session: 51 A swarm of lobbyists More than 500 lobbyists have registered with the Secretary of State’s Office this session, with another 500 expected. There also are 600 organizations represented by lobbyists. That’s a ratio of 4.46 lobbyists to each of the 112 lawmakers. It’s also a […]

Webcast ignites debate in Legislature

By Kate Nash and Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Legislative tidbits: Official tie not good enough

Santa Fe New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 57 Legalize the bolo: More than 20 years ago, the Legislature named the bolo the “official state tie or neckwear of New Mexico” in a memorial that declared people who wear bolos “shall be welcomed at all events or occasions when the wearing of a tie […]

Legislative roundup: Feed bill passes house

The New Mexican Legislative Roundup Days remaining in session: 58 Feed bill passes House The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day. A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and […]

Legislature: Senator stresses frugality — with kilt

The New Mexican Legislative roundup Days remaining in session: 59 Fear of computers: We hope you weren’t looking for a live webcast from the Senate floor Monday or Tuesday. After the Senate voted 27-13 last year to begin streaming live video of floor sessions over the Internet, many people expected them to do just that. […]

Commission to consider new Legislature policy

PNT Staff Report At their meeting today, Roosevelt County Commissioners are scheduled to consider a policy requiring capital outlay requests to the Legislature to come before the commission in advance if the county might need to act as fiscal agent in the project. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. in the Roosevelt County Courthouse […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, and freshman Rep. Dennis Roch has heard, “that I have no idea how far behind I am already.” Or is he ahead of the curve? Roch, a Tucumcari Republican who was elected to fill the House seat left vacant by Brian K. Moore, […]

More than $2 million in capital outlay OK’d

By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers If at first your bill gets vetoed, resubmit. And then, it just may get signed. This was the case with Eastern New Mexico University which was allocated more than half a million dollars from the New Mexico Legislature on Wednesday for the Portales campus alone. ENMU President Steven Gamble was […]

State legislature approves capital outlay package

Staff and wire reports The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by the governor, but a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson blasted lawmakers for what he described as “the least productive session since I have been governor.” “The results […]

Legislature adjourns

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. The Democratic-controlled Legislature left the governor empty-handed on many of his proposals: universal health care; domestic […]

Legislature approves capital improvement bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature moved toward adjournment Thursday by approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers looked homeward. Richardson was empty-handed on his top legislative priority with time running out on the […]