Rep. Lujan Introduces Land and Water Legislation Package

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Scandals, suspicions spark legislation

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons said Wednesday morning that he’s backing legislation that would rein in the governor’s control over the state Investment Council, which manages New Mexico’s multi-billion-dollar permanent funds. Later in the day, a trio of Democratic lawmakers from the Las Cruces area announced that they’re introducing […]

Bingaman applauds new health care law for children

President Barack Obama today signed into law legislation U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman helped write to ensure that more New Mexicans could have access to health care.

Sen. Harden pleased with progress on autism bill

Santa Fe- Senator Clint Harden, R-District 7 is pleased so far on the process his legislation to address the health issue of autism is taking in the state legislature. He said his bill SB 34 is being held over in Senate Public Affairs because he said Human Service Secretary Pam Hyde has agreed to work […]

Senate approves Ute pipeline legislation

BINGAMAN BILL TO TACKLE NEW MEXICO’S WATER NEEDS GAINS SENATE APPROVAL WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today approved (73-21) legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman that includes measures he wrote to settle a water rights claim in the Four Corners region, construct a pipeline in eastern New Mexico, and help water managers better plan […]

Authorization for Ute Water Project passes Senate

CNJ staff The Ute Water Project is halfway to Barack Obama’s desk. By a 73-21 vote, Senate Bill 22 passed Thursday afternoon, and similar legislation will head to the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be in the House for a week or two before it lands on the desk of the president-elect. […]

Quicker compensation on its way

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs would reach veterans sooner, and with special swiftness for severely wounded veterans and their families, under legislation to upgrade the VA disability rating process unanimously passed by the House on July 30. The Veterans Disability Benefits Claims Modernization Act (HR 5892) is […]

Udall: Ute pipeline bill clears natural resourses committee unanimously

WASHINGTON – The House Committee on Natural Resources has unanimously approved the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Projects Act, a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M., to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs. Introduced on April 3, 2008, the legislation would authorize the federal government to build a pipeline that will […]

ACI urges more involvement in legislation

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Small business owners need to get more involved in the creation of state regulations pertaining to businesses, according to Association of Commerce and Industry President Beverlee McClure. More than 70 people attended Friday’s ACI breakfast at the Clovis Civic Center, including small business owners and city, county and state […]

Ute legislation introduced

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday that would authorized the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The legislation — the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Authorization Act — calls for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend […]

Congressional delegation introduces Ute pipeline legislation

CNJ Staff WASHINGTON — New Mexico’s Congressional delegation introduced legislation Thursday in both chambers of Congress to help meet eastern New Mexico’s future water needs by authorizing the federal government to build a pipeline that will carry water to several communities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. The legislation, called the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water […]

Wage law passed: Waiting governor’s signature

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers moved quickly to help the state, cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Legislature is sending Gov. Bill Richardson a bill that’s to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum […]

Legislature timing key in water project

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer MELROSE — The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority would like to become a governmental authority during the 2008 New Mexico Legislature — 30-day session or not. During the water authority’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday at Melrose High School, members discussed the challenges in becoming a government authority. The […]

Latest round of ethics laws full of loopholes

By Freedom Newspapers The problem with ethics legislation of the kind just passed by both houses of Congress (now awaiting President Bush’s signature, not an entirely foregone conclusion), is that it addresses the symptom rather than the disease. It would hardly be tragic if the current bill became law, but it would be a mistake […]

Congressional holds cowardly move

By Charles N. Davis: Guest columnist Congress, apparently content to explore ever new depths in public disapproval, is on the verge of having a single member derail the most meaningful reform in years of the federal Freedom of Information Act. How, you ask, when overwhelming majorities support the legislation in both the House and Senate? […]

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.” […]

Definition of prisoner determines funding

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Adult Detention Center officials said a recent ruling requiring the Department of Corrections to reimburse county jails for the cost of housing parole violators will only work in conjunction with changes in legislation. Deputy Chief Warden Audrey Barriga said county officials have been working with detention center […]

Internet wagering under attack

By Nancy Zuckerbrod: The Associated Press o House will vote on bill today that would clarify laws. WASHINGTON — Gamblers who prefer their laptops to blackjack tables won’t like what Congress is doing. On Tuesday, the House plans to vote on a bill that would ban credit cards for paying online bets and could padlock […]

Immigration bill hesitation good idea

Freedom Newspapers House Speaker Dennis Hastert last week announced at least seven House committees or subcommittees will hold hearings on the immigration bill the Senate passed, in Washington and in other parts of the country, most likely the South and Southwest. Most observers think this move will assure that Congress will not pass immigration legislation […]

Small steps may help, but won’t put stop to pork

Freedom Newspapers There’s a serious flaw in the thinking of reformers who believe congressional pork-barrel spending can be curbed by forcing members to attach their names to the pet projects (or “earmarks”) they slip into appropriations bills, in circumvention of the normal budget procedures. They hope bringing more transparency and accountability to the process will […]