Governor vetoes capital outlay

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a $348 million capital outlay package on Wednesday and used his line-item veto powers to reject some legislator-backed projects in a $21 million budget measure. The governor took his action before a deadline in a dispute with the Legislature over the deadline for signing or vetoing the […]

Legislature salutes pledge writers

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Nearly a half century after a Portales organization recognized the need for New Mexico to have a salute to the state flag, the 2008 New Mexico Legislature will recognize members of the organization from that era this week. Members of the Ellen W. Jones chapter of the United Daughters […]

Water board short of funding goal

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor SANTA FE — Even with $2.271 million in state money the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board picked up Wednesday, the group remained short of its two-year goal for funding a portion of the design work on the Ute Water Project. “I think it was a good news-bad […]

Legislature had some problems, many gestures

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sixty days is a long time to let a governmental body off its leash. Thank goodness the state Legislature has come to a close. On Saturday, as the session drew to a close, the headlines proclaimed that New Mexico lawmakers had restored Pluto to planet status, whenever it passes […]

Voter registration bills meet resistance

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots […]

Senator Kernan discusses state legislature

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Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so far? A. Everyone is getting […]

Richardson threatens to veto more than $200 million in spending

By Barry Massey The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday he’s likely to veto more than $200 million from spending bills to balance the main budget account this year and replenish the state’s financial reserves. Richardson delivered the veto warning in a speech in Albuquerque to a statewide business group, and […]

Legislature learning how to say ‘no’ to Richardson

By Barry Massey The Associated Press SANTA FE — Leading up to this year’s legislative session, Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed 2006 the “year of the child” for his policy proposals. The “year of the Legislature” might be a better description of the just-ended session, however. More than any time during Richardson’s administration, lawmakers — particularly […]

Budget wins final legislative approval, heads to governor

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is withholding judgment on a nearly $5.1 billion budget measure that won final approval in the Legislature. Richardson, who had sharply criticized earlier budget proposals by lawmakers, declined to say whether he will accept or reject the spending measure that was approved Tuesday. The Legislature is […]

Lawmakers rush to complete work by noon

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE — Lawmakers neared the finishing line of their 30-day session with many of Gov. Bill Richardson’s legislative proposals unresolved. The Legislature adjourns at noon on Thursday and the closing hours of the session resembled a high-wire act as the House and Senate rushed to complete work on […]