Bill would allow ATM machines at racetracks

Both supporters and opponents of a bill that would allow racetrack casinos to put automatic teller machines on the gambling floor expect the bill to pass the Senate today. Senate Bill 330, sponsored by Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola,

Seniors jump the gun on jury duty exemption

Legislation that would allow citizens 70 and older to exempt from jury duty is causing a headache for court clerks who are fielding calls from seniors trying to invoke their age exemption. The problem is the bill is still pending and even if it is passed, it won’t become law until July 1. District court […]

Bill would change infrastructure development authority

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 25 Development bill: The House Taxation and Revenue Committee has approved a measure (HB552) that would allow infrastructure development zones to be set up with local government approval. The bill, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow newly developed areas to pay for their own infrastructure […]

Panel to consider zone system for developments

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican A measure before the House Taxation and Revenue Committee today would allow the creation of “infrastructure development zones” that could issue bonds and have the power of eminent domain. Each zone would have a board, and the boards would be able to impose special assessments and fees, […]

Feb. 3 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 46 Police on trains A measure introduced by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Albuquerque, would allow regional transit districts to employ law-enforcement officers. The bill (SB245) would also allow the districts to contract with agencies for protection and other security needs. The bill could mean officers would ride the Rail Runner Express commuter […]

Lyman, Baker win county clerk, treasurer positions

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Winners of the county clerk and county treasurer races said Tuesday they will update the county Web site to allow residents to perform tasks such as paying taxes or accessing public documents. Republican county clerk candidate Coni Jo Lyman won 8,823 to 5,005 against opponent Cindy McDaniel, who ran […]

Drilling could be part of energy solution

Freedom New Mexico Sometimes popular opinion gets to even the most stubborn ideologues. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has relented a bit on her refusal to allow a vote on lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling, though she still thinks the idea is a “hoax.” “They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected […]

Proposal would allow student publications to be reviewed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board is proposing that all student publications will be reviewed by the principal before being published. The proposal would allow students the right to appeal to the superintendent changes to the publication and possibly the school board. A move to establish more oversight was triggered by […]

Publish your stuff

Remember when cnjonline.com readers used to complain that other readers would delete comments they posted below stories? Those days are mostly gone. Since changing the software we use to allow readers to comment – on Jan. 14 — not a single comment has been deleted from articles. We have deleted three posts to reader blogs, […]

Domenici advocates larger economic stimulus package

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici today suggested that federal policymakers are offering “too little, too late” in terms of keeping the American economy from sliding into a recession, and suggested significantly increasing the size of an economic stimulus package.             Domenici, the former long-time chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Monday issued the […]

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity in Portales can use volunteers to help with organizing and setting up a “restore”; answer phones and do clerical work; clean up construction sites; collect aluminum cans; and to serve as a board member or committee member. Habitat for Humanity builds and sells simple, quality housing to people whose income otherwise wouldn’t […]

Celebrity touts ‘great country’ and its dictator

By Freedom Newspapers It would be fascinating if not so dismaying that so many of our celebrities who believe that being actors or singers means we should care what they think about world affairs have such poor taste in foreign leaders. Earlier this month aging bad-boy actor Sean Penn traveled to Venezuela, exulted that he […]

Congress got one thing right: health savings

By Freedom Newspapers The lame-duck session of Congress that also marked the end of 12 years of Republican domination of the legislative branch ended Saturday morning with more of a whimper than a bang. Nine of the 11 “normal” appropriations bills remained unpassed, leaving the federal government to rely on “continuing appropriations” that will fund […]

Prisoners deserve to be humanely treated as well

Editorial The Bush administration has come to an agreement with three dissident Republican senators — John McCain of Arizona, John Warner of Virginia and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — on a bill to outline the way foreigners detained in the “war on terror” will be handled. While the compromise does seem to limit some […]

Allowing flag burning honors our forefathers

Freedom Newspapers Syndicate The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday took a step toward limiting the First Amendment by sending to the Senate floor a constitutional amendment that allows Congress to ban flag desecration. Conservatives have been trying to get the amendment through Congress since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down flag protection laws in 1989. […]

County discusses system used to monitor inmates at home

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Two incarceration alternatives designed to lessen jail overcrowding were presented to the Curry County Commissioners during Tuesday’s meeting. Audrey Barriga, assistant detention administrator, addressed the commissioners regarding jail electronic home monitoring and pre-trial release. Barriga said the programs would save the county money by reducing the number of inmates […]

Voter wishes, like grammar rules, must fall

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist A couple of friends who no doubt had crushes on their childhood grammar teachers were carping recently about newspaper writers who split infinitives. They didn’t mention names, but I could sense their glances darting to me when I wasn’t looking. Feigning disinterest, I was mentally cataloguing all the infinitives I’ve […]

Bill to encourage savings shouldn’t use tax money

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico lawmakers are considering a bill that could create incentives, using some tax dollars, to spur savings for low-income families. House Bill 112 would appropriate $2 million to pay for a matching-fund mechanism. The bill remained in committee Tuesday. It should die there if the wording continues to allow any use of […]

Space act puts regulation before innovation

Freedom Newspapers In a reasonably sane world, there would have been no perceived need for House Resolution 5382, the Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act of 2004, which passed the Senate during the final minutes of the recent lame-duck session and awaits President Bush’s signature. Given the world we live in, however, it offers a fairly […]

Domenici: Cannon in good shape for BRAC

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Congressman Pete Domenici, center, addressed community leaders about BRAC issues while in town Tuesday. State Sen. Stuart Ingle is on the left. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici on Tuesday lauded the importance of Cannon Air Force Base to America’s military operations and provided a short yet strong list of reasons […]