Legislature: Senator stresses frugality — with kilt

The New Mexican Legislative roundup Days remaining in session: 59 Fear of computers: We hope you weren’t looking for a live webcast from the Senate floor Monday or Tuesday. After the Senate voted 27-13 last year to begin streaming live video of floor sessions over the Internet, many people expected them to do just that. […]

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 […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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CNJ file photo The Hull Street Overpass, which was pulled down in November, will require $8.5 million to replace, according to Clovis city officials. It’s one of many projects that may not get many funds with a projected budget shortfall of $384 million. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, […]

Texas reps can boost economy with light hand

Freedom New Mexico One of the greatest features of the Texas Legislature is it only convenes every other year, and for only 140 days at that. And lawmakers’ pay, set by the state Constitution, is so low no one can possibly live on it. The obvious goal was to ensure the state would not fall […]

ACI president advises local business owners

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure said Wednesday New Mexico business owners should pay attention to the election. With more than 100 seats up for election in the state Legislature and other governing agencies, voters will elect state officials responsible for establishing regulation and policies affecting business, […]

City commission changes priority rankings

By Eric Butler: CNJ Correspondent The Clovis City Commission rearranged its wish list for the state Legislature, with a proposed wellness center and road repairs for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard getting bumped up. Commissioners unanimously approved the revision at Thursday’s regular meeting. Upgrades for the city’s wastewater treatment plant, the former No. 2 priority, […]

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Legislature adjourns — for now

Staff and wire reports The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. Capital outlay projects include $3.1 million for Curry County. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson blasted lawmakers for what he described as “the […]

Legislature approves capital improvement bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature moved toward adjournment Thursday by approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers looked homeward. Richardson was empty-handed on his top legislative priority with time running out on the […]

Governor vetoes capital outlay

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a $348 million capital outlay package on Wednesday and used his line-item veto powers to reject some legislator-backed projects in a $21 million budget measure. The governor took his action before a deadline in a dispute with the Legislature over the deadline for signing […]

Retiring Domenici calls for truce in partisan politics

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Retiring U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici made a final appearance before the Legislature on Monday and called for an end to extremist partisan politics. “We are in danger of losing our ability to move forward as a nation because of destructive personality-driven partisan politics,” Domenici said in […]

Water meetings set for Civic Center

CNJ Staff The state Legislature’s Water and Natural Resources Committee will conduct meetings Monday and Tuesday at the Clovis Civic Center. “We need to take the Legislature to the people of New Mexico,” Vice Chair Rep. Andy Nunez, D-Hatch, said in a release. “One good way to do this is to go into the state […]

Water funding comes up short

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers SANTA FE — Even with $2.271 million in state money the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board picked up Wednesday, the group remained short of its two-year goal for funding a portion of the design work on the Ute Water Project. “I think it was a good news-bad news […]

House pulls for better poll turnout

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots last […]

Legislator: No surprises in session so far

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: As a check on the mood and focus of the 2007 New Mexico State Legislature after its first week, Freedom Newspapers conducted an interview with District 42 Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. Kernan represents Roosevelt and Curry counties. Q. What has the overall mood of this Legislature been so […]

Local legislative priorities

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Education BACKDROP: Public schools account for the largest share of state spending from the main budget account, about 45 percent or $2.3 billion this year. Higher education represents 15 percent of state spending. A report by Education Week ranks New Mexico last in the nation on a “Chance for […]

City to hold public hearing

CNJ Staff The city of Clovis will hold an Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan public hearing at 9 a.m. Friday at City Hall, 321 Connelly St. Agencies wishing to be considered for placement on the plan should contact the city manager’s office by noon Wednesday at 769-7828, according to a news release from city officials. […]

Longtime Republican legislator beat odds

Don McAlavy : Local Columnist A career in politics began for a young man in 1960. Back in 1960, a young farmer decided he’d run for position as state representative of Curry County, the job held by Frank Foster. Now right there you have to admire this farmer for his courage — Foster was like […]

Olympics take mind off state politics

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist I know. I know. There is just a lot of stuff going on in New Mexico about which I should be passionate. What could possibly distract from writing reams of copy about the recently concluded 2006 New Mexico Legislature? The 2006 Winter Olympics, that’s what. Who cares about a $6 […]

Bulging budget passed

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press o Spokesman says governor undecided on signing $5.1 billion measure. SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is withholding judgment on a nearly $5.1 billion budget measure that won final approval in the Legislature on Tuesday. Richardson, who had sharply criticized earlier budget proposals by lawmakers, declined to say whether […]