Press release: Republican senators comment as legislative session

Santa Fe — The 30 day Legislative Session ended at noon today and concluded a month full of debate, discussion and ended with a new, balanced budget to run state government starting in July. Many Republican State Senators say it is a good budget that continues to invest in public education, while meeting its financial […]

Officials hope measure will keep Tres Amigas headquarters in state

Alisa Boswell State officials are pushing a new legislative bill that would change tax laws because they believe it will encourage Tres Amigas to build their headquarters in eastern New Mexico rather than west Texas. Tres Amigas is planning to build a power grid near Clovis that will connect North America’s two major power grids […]

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Chambers of commerce hosting joint reception

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County and Clovis Curry chambers of commerce are giving businesses a chance to lobby during their annual Legislative Days activities prior to the start of the state legislative session. The two chambers will kick off their events by hosting a reception 4 p.m. Jan. 23 at the governor’s mansion in […]

New holiday lights in place

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks A new Christmas light decoration shines Wednesday in front of the State Theater on Main Street. The city replaced the old lights with more energy-efficient lights. Benna Sayyed Christmas on Main Street will be a little brighter this year. The Clovis-Curry County Chamber of Commerce and city of Clovis teamed […]

Proposal would split Quay County into four districts

Thomas Garcia A bill introduced by House Democrats Friday during the a special session of Legislature proposes splitting Quay County into four legislative districts. “This bill will remove me from representing Quay, Union and Harding County,” said Rep. Dennis Roch. Roch said HB 39 was introduced by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia and would split Tucumcari’s […]

Lack of growth in area could mean loss of legislative representation

Sharna Johnson The one consistent thing that emerged in discussion of state redistricting during a three-hour meeting Monday was that because it lacks the growth of the northern part of the state, eastern New Mexico could lose legislative representation. The discussion came during a meeting at the Clovis Civic Center, the first of three meetings […]

Stuart Ingle recognized

CNJ staff State Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will be recognized by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce with its inaugural Legislative Award for working diligently for the business community and for “fiscal leadership while making difficult fiscal decisions for New Mexico that combine both high risk and high subjectivity.” Ingle will receive the […]

Press release: New laws make public access easier

Later this week, it will become easier for citizens to obtain government documents stored on computers. As of June 17, government agencies in New Mexico will be required to provide digital copies of electronic public records upon request, and copy fees will be limited to the actual cost of downloading and sending the records. These […]

Legislative changes primarily in law enforcement

Kevin Wilson The state’s 2011 Legislature, for lack of a better example, was a lot like the first quarter of a football game between two teams who had never seen film on each other before taking the field. Between a budget shortfall, the first session for Gov. Susana Martinez and other factors, it was a […]

Military committee to meet in Santa Fe

CNJ staff The Legislative Interim Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee will meet today in Santa Fe, according to a news release. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and adjourn at 3 p.m. The committee will set protocols, discuss their focus areas and develop a work plan for the interim session, the release said. The […]

Municipal league meets on legislative session

Argen Duncan City officials from four counties met for a legislative update Monday in Portales. The New Mexico Municipal League held a district meeting at the Memorial Building. District 4 encompasses municipalities in Roosevelt, Curry, Quay and De Baca counties, and Portales City Manager Tom Howell estimated 50 people attended from all four counties. Portales […]

Udall discusses situation in Libya, legislative efforts to roll back EPA regulation of carbon emissions and apps that assist drunk drivers in avoiding checkpoints

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about the situation in Libya in response to the President’s address to the nation.

Roch visits Tucumcari to discuss legislative session

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Freedom New Mexico: Thomas Garcia Dennis Roch addresses a crowd Sunday at Tucumcari City Hall. Freedom New Mexico State Rep. Dennis Roch, a Republican from Texico, met with 50 Tucumcari residents on Sunday to answer questions about the 90-day legislative session, which ended on Saturday. Roch said the budget, which passed on a 35-34 vote […]

Legislative session ends with some gains, some setbacks

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million […]

Lawmakers make ready for upcoming bills

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Kevin Wilson New legislators for eastern New Mexico report a steep learning curve in their first state legislative session. But, as sessions go, this year’s 60-day affair is the best one to learn from, as budget woes mean there’s little extraneous legislation coming. “All sessions are defined by how many dollars there are and where […]

Castleberry appointed to state judge board

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Magistrate Judge Duane Castleberry was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for the New Mexico Magistrate Judges Association. The board of directors works with the administrative offices of the courts, advising the courts on legislative and policy matters, according to a press release from the courts.

Entities prep for legislative session, play defense

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks during Thursday morning’s legislative breakfast as Wells Fargo Bank. The meeting brings together state legislators from the area with entities looking for funding. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer New Mexicans can’t expect smart budget building without smart prioritization. With that in mind, Sen. Clint […]

State lawmakers invited to Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast

The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce annual legislative breakfast is 7 a.m. Thursday at Wells Fargo Bank, 223 Main St. The breakfast is the presentation of legislative positions for the City of Clovis, Curry County, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation, Clovis Community College, Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis MainStreet. All state […]

Legislative Q&As

Area legislators on the recent 30-day session: Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs Q: What was the most important thing that happened? A: From my perspective the most important thing that happened was regretfully the fact that we’re going to have to go back — basically we prevented tax increases and we are still negotiating, trying to […]