Several issues iffy in Santa Fe

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican As if the state’s budget crunch wasn’t enough, lawmakers in the session starting Tuesday will tackle issues from the death penalty to gay marriage. Here’s a look at some key issues and their chances of surviving the next 60 days. Ethics reform It’s a hot topic — […]

Five N.M. lawmakers lose seats

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE

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. […]

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 […]

Every vote counts … Obama carries Melrose

If it was up to Melrose voters, Barack Obama would be the Democratic choice for president. Results from Precincts 4 and 16 (Melrose) in Tuesday’s Curry County Democratic caucus: • Obama, 21 • Hillary Clinton, 19 • John Edwards, 5 • Bill Richardson, 2 • Uncommitted, 2 • • • Tuesday’s prep basketball results Girls […]

One vote no on domestic partner issue

New Mexico lawmakers published a questionnaire in Sunday’s newspaper asking constituents a series of questions. One asked “Do you support all the same rights for domestic partners as for husband/wife couples?” Here’s an answer, from Clovis’ Carolyn Spence: ‘“Husband and wife’ is not just a couple. There is to be a depth of commitment and […]

Domenici says goodbye

U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., spoke to New Mexico lawmakers on Monday and shared this story: “Almost 20 years ago, I spoke at the annual meeting of the New Mexico Electric Cooperatives down in Ruidoso. After I finished speaking, two ladies came up, tugged on my coat and began thanking me profusely. “I asked them […]

Lawmakers must be fed

One of the first bills New Mexico lawmakers pass each year is the “feed bill,” which allocates funds for the legislative session. This year, they’ve proposed almost $5 million for 30 days. Those fees include $144 per day per lawmaker for expenses. New Mexico legislators are not otherwise paid for their work, but that could […]

Lawmakers push bulb changes on consumers

By Freedom Newspapers One of the original icons of the modern world could soon be replaced. If environmentalists and climate-change doomsayers have their way, the ubiquitous incandescent light bulb might soon be found only in museums, instead of nearly every building in the United States. That would be a great loss. The soft, warm glow […]

House, Senate can’t rest yet

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson says lawmakers did great work in the legislative session that ended Saturday — just not enough of it. The governor said while it was the most productive session in state history, “we still have business to finish.” He said he will call the Legislature back […]

Representatives should proudly display stance

By Freedom Newspapers Should Texans know how their legislators vote on all major items? The answer should be obvious. How else would Texas residents know whether legislators are properly representing their interests? But some people surely will be surprised to find that Texas lawmakers don’t record all votes, and they like it that way. Six […]

March 4, 1983

New Mexico lawmakers were considering a bill requiring automobile safety restraints for children under 5. Clovis health officials were loaning car seats at no charge. … The Clovis News-Journal cost a quarter, even on Sundays. … Clovis High’s Grand Concert was scheduled for 7 p.m. at Rock Staubus Gym. Cost was $2 for adults and […]

Legislature passes halfway point

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers With the 60-day session of the 2007 New Mexico Legislature just past the midway point, local legislators say the pot’s just beginning to boil at the Roundhouse. “Right now we’re in the middle of a lot of things,” Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said. “This is where it really gets busy.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Task force yet to tackle main ethics issue

By Ned Cantwell: State columnist They have to feel like David staring ashen-faced up at Goliath. It’s like someone handed them a teacup after Katrina and said, “go clean her up.” They are trying to row a kayak through gunk. Working diligently toward its October deadline to submit recommendations to Gov. Bill Richardson is the […]

Republicans seek investigation into ’temporary’ hires

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers have asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Richardson administration’s practice of hiring temporary exempt employees. A March 18 letter from Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, signed by two dozen other GOP lawmakers, said Gov. Bill Richardson’s practices have resulted in “numerous unauthorized hirings.” Lawmakers […]

Lawmakers approve senior safety bill

CNJ staff New Mexico lawmakers earlier this month approved $45,000 for The Newman Project, designed to increase safety for senior citizens in the 9th Judicial District, according to a news release from prosecutor Matt Chandler. Gov. Bill Richardson must still approve the funding, the release said. Odis and Doris Newman were Portales senior citizens killed […]

Guv blasts session

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers wrapped up 30 days of work Thursday without delivering on several of Gov. Bill Richardson’s key priorities. He called the session “disappointing” and said he would decide next week whether to call them back for a special session. Among the casualties: a minimum wage increase, […]