Gov. Bill Richardson to sign bills in Clovis & Albuquerque tomorrow

SANTA FE — Governor Bill Richardson will travel to Clovis and Albuquerque tomorrow, Saturday March 6th, to sign bills passed by lawmakers during the regular legislative session. In Clovis, Governor Richardson will sign HB 15 creating the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority which will help Eastern New Mexico communities as they develop a long-term [...]

Early voting registration bills quashed

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Don’t count on being able to register to vote at early voting sites this year. Two legislative committees effectively killed bills that would have allowed a voter to register right before casting a ballot at early voting sites or at the county clerk’s office when in-person absentee [...]

Bills seek to rein in exempt jobs

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The issue of exempt employees on state government’s payroll hasn’t gone away this session, despite layoffs of 59 of the governor’s political appointees in January. Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, again is pushing a measure that would limit the number of exempt state employees to about 400. “The [...]

Bills seek to shore up interlock fund

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A pair of lawmakers are working this session to make sure the state can continue to help low-income New Mexicans who are convicted of DWI get access to ignition interlock devices. The work by Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, and House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, D-Grants, would define [...]

Legislative tidbits: Bill would limit bills

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 28

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole [...]

Government only drives up reform costs

Freedom New Mexico Finally ending what has been one of the more excruciating legislative episodes in recent history, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Baucus bill. It happened after months of debate and negotiation on health care legislation. Now the real battles can begin. The Baucus bill, named for committee chairman Max Baucus of [...]

Bingaman’s pubic lands bills ready to be signed into law

A package of bills introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today cleared a final hurdle and is now on its way to President Obama to be signed into law.

Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

CNJ staff 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 desk [...]

Sentate approves Bingaman’s public lands bills

For the second time this year, the United States Senate today approved a package of bills introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, which contains several provisions to protect important sites in New Mexico.