Long day, night at Roundhouse

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican In any other year, three days out from the Legislature’s adjournment, the Roundhouse hallways by 9:30 a.m. can be frenetic with lawmakers and lobbyists pondering the fate of their bills. Instead, the halls are mostly quiet, and the coffee maker of the Society of Association Executives is just rumbling [...]

Clovis schools see rise in unpaid lunch bills

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. [...]

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations [...]

Measure would promote green jobs

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 30 Green measures: A pair of bills in the Senate, (SB318) and (SB420), aim to promote green jobs in the state. Sen. Eric G. Griego, D-Albuquerque, is carrying the bills. One would require spending of a minimum of $1 million each year from the Development Training Fund for [...]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was [...]

Ethics reform bills make little progress

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Domestic violence bills move forward

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Domestic violence wasn’t one of the big topics mentioned much at the start of this legislative session, but bills to crack down on offenders are already making progress. The House on Tuesday approved a measure that would prohibit anyone convicted of domestic violence offenses from becoming a police officer [...]

More ethics bills placed in hopper

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, with the help of some House Democrats, is pushing a package of bills that she said Tuesday will bring more transparency to state government. Denish told reporters at a news conference that her package is separate from the ethics legislation package being pushed [...]

Jan. 18 Letters to the Editor

Say no to domestic partnerships Every New Mexico citizen should be alerted to the fact that two domestic partnership bills (SB12/HB21) have been pre-filed in the state Legislature. These bills will be introduced as soon as the Legislature convenes and the gay supporters hope to have them passed within two weeks. We oppose these bills [...]

Dec. 14, 2008 How to Help

The family of Aiden Chavalier has set up a fund to help with medical bills and miscellaneous costs. Chavalier had a seizure Nov. 30, was in a coma and has had blood transfusions, family members said. The account, set up at Cannon Federal Credit Union, is called the Aiden Chavalier Fund.. For information, contact Shaynell [...]