Lawmakers object to special session

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To some state lawmakers, the governor might be throwing a monkey wrench at primary elections if he schedules a special session in May. Gov. Bill Richardson is considering a special session for a health care plan that never got heard in the Senate before the Legislature adjourned in February. […]

Building plans put on hold

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city might have to wait until the next legislative session before it receives funding to start any work on a $5.2 million emergency operations facility. City Manager Joe Thomas told members of the 400 Mitchell Street Task Force that the $350,000 capital outlay request approved in the legislative […]

Legislator priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales District 27 — Chaves, Curry, De Baca and Roosevelt counties Senator since 1985 Occupation: Farmer Capitol office: (505) 986-4702 Home: 356-3088 e-mail: stuartingle@nmlegis.gov Committee membership • Capital Outlay Subcommittee, advisory (interim) • Capitol Buildings Planning Commission, (interim) • Committees’ Committee • Corporations and Transportation • Economic and Rural Development, advisory (interim) […]

Senate President Pro Tem Altamirano dies at Silver City home

SILVER CITY — Senate President Pro Tem Ben Altamirano, the longest-serving member of the New Mexico Legislature, has died at his home in Silver City. He was 77. Gov. Bill Richardson made the announcement late Thursday, saying Altamirano was a true statesman whose love for New Mexico helped him earn the respect of everyone who […]

More money, more problems for upcoming session

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press State government has plenty of it and lots of people are lining up to help spend it during the Legislature’s 60-day session. The Legislature convenes next week and lawmakers will have a record amount of revenue available to pay for programs and offset tax cuts in the coming fiscal […]

Life of a bill

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How a bill is created, and the process it undertakes to become law (Freedom Newspapers Illustration: Ryn Gargulinski) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, […]

Senator says state funding process flawed

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Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis will snag roughly the same amount of capital outlay money in the upcoming legislative session as it did in the last one, according to a local legislator. Even the amount of money appropriated to Clovis but vetoed by the governor should […]

Local groups start eyeing state session

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Christmas lists — of a certain sort — were given Thursday at the annual Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast. At the early morning gathering, local civic leaders shared their legislative requests with state lawmakers, who gave a peek into the session around the bend. The 2007 state […]

Lawmakers shouldn’t sneak compensation

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist There he sits, does Bulldog Bill, glowering. Looking every bit like the mascot on the beer can. The governor is not a happy man. The Legislature has done him wrong. There is, however, just the tease of a wry smile as Gov. Bill Richardson awaits legislative bills requiring his signed […]

Committee approves bill providing $4 million for 30-day session

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature’s 30-day session could end up costing almost $142,000 a day. A House committee unanimously approved a bill Tuesday to allocate more than $4.2 million to pay for the legislative session and nearly $13.3 million for year-round operations of the Legislature. The measure, known as […]