State lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Clovis Media Inc. Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers last week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. […]

Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized […]

Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Proposed gun legislation hits target

Gun owners have been shafted for years, and a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday stands to change things for the better. Hunters, recreational shooters and other gun owners pay an 11 percent excise tax, established under the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, on ammunition and other hunting and shooting […]

Press release: Luj

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ben Ray Luj

Press release: Udall discusses renewable energy standard legislation, federal budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about his plans to introduce Renewable Energy Standard legislation that would require utilities to generate 25 percent of their electricity from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources by 2025. He also discussed the federal budget debate as the threat of a government shutdown […]

Police: Texting legislation may complicate enforcement

Sharna Johnson Legislation aimed at criminalizing texting and driving repeats existing state law and has some gray areas that may complicate enforcement, police say. The proposed bill would make texting while driving a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days imprisonment and $100, with stiffer penalties for repeat offenders. It also would relegate a crash […]

Legislation would extend tax exemption

CNJ staff Legislation sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, would keep in place a gross receipts tax exemption for building contracters working at Cannon Air Force Base. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee passed Senate Bill 160 earlier this week, and the legislation is now heading to the Senate Finance Committee. The exemption is set […]

English-only bills violate our freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Among the various bills offered in Washington and Texas are new efforts to force every U.S. resident to speak English. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged to file an English-only bill in Congress. Worse, similar bills already have been filed in the Texas Legislature. One Texas state representative has filed legislation […]

Bingaman says he’s confident Obama will be re-elected

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., answers questions Wednesday during an interview at the Clovis New Journal. Kevin Wilson Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., is glad he doesn’t have to face a re-election bid this year, but he’s confident President Barack Obama will win his two years down the road. Bingaman talked about […]