City commission considers legislative priorities

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission had some doubts on how many of their legislative priorities could actually get tackled with state budget crunches expected to last through 2010. But at least, commissioners said, there’s been enough progress the 2010 priority list differs from the 2009 list. With two of its […]

VA committee meeting

CNJ Staff The Legislative Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee meets 9 a.m Wednesday at the New Mexico National Guard Armory, 600 Wyoming Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. The group, which works as an interim committee, invites veterans, members of the military, and the public to the meeting that mostly focuses on veterans care. There are no […]

Legislative Finance Committee discuss stimulus money

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Legislative Finance Committee summed up a long second day of meetings in Clovis with a short update on stimulus money. A committee staff update at the conclusion of Thursday’s session at the Clovis Civic Center updated members on fiscal stabilization funds of about $318.3 million. Of that total, […]

State legislative committee visits with local education, military officials

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The Legislative Finance Committee got a taste of local education and military presence in the first of a three-day session at the Clovis Civic Center. In the morning, the 16-member state committee heard reports from Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble, Clovis Community College President John Neibling and […]

Clovis hosts Legislative Finance Committee meeting

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis this week, local officials hope that updates on the local uses of government appropriations will encourage the Legislature to earmark more money for the area. The Clovis Civic Center will host the three-day meeting, which begins with an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday […]

Lawmakers discuss legislative session

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Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session […]

Editorial: Legislation names can be deceiving

The fine art of giving official names to pieces of legislation is usually an exercise in propaganda and often enough verges on deception. But few legislative proposals bear as Orwellian a moniker as the so-called Employee Free Choice Act, (EFCA) also known as “card check,” whose transparent purpose is to undermine free choice. And that […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter voice support for New Mexico legislative action to outlaw death penalty

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, hailed

Feb. 20, 2009 Legislative Roundup

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 29 Chile verse would become state’s official poem: A measure (HB674) introduced by Elias Barela, D-Belen, would name an official state poem. The poem, “We Love it Real Hot” by Alberto Onaldo Martinez, reads in part: Ah, Chimayo chile is so delicious to eat! That cure-all […]

Legislative tidbits, Feb. 18

The New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 31 A vote for the exempts: On a party-line vote, the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday killed a measure (SB 424) that would cut the salaries of exempt state workers who make more than $75,000 by 10 percent. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsored the […]

Feb. 13, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 36 Measuring state workers: A measure by freshman Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, would measure the productivity of state government employees. An analysis of Senate Bill 158 says labor productivity is defined as “the output per worker-hour of labor.” Further, the bill says “labor productivity would be calculated using Bureau of Labor […]

Feb. 11, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 38 Go hemp A measure introduced by Rep. Ray Begaye, D-Shiprock, would set up guidelines for the “growing, licensing, selling and processing of industrial hemp in the State of New Mexico.” House Bill 403 would spend $150,000. Of that, $100,000 would go to New Mexico State University to set up a […]

Jan. 31 Legislative Tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 49

Legislative tidbits: Official tie not good enough

Santa Fe New Mexican staff Days remaining in session: 57 Legalize the bolo: More than 20 years ago, the Legislature named the bolo the “official state tie or neckwear of New Mexico” in a memorial that declared people who wear bolos “shall be welcomed at all events or occasions when the wearing of a tie […]

Legislative roundup: Feed bill passes house

The New Mexican Legislative Roundup Days remaining in session: 58 Feed bill passes House The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day. A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and […]

County commission approves resolution opposing domestic partnership bill

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A resolution opposing legislative efforts to pass a domestic partnership act was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Curry County Commission. The resolution, read by its sponsor Commissioner Caleb Chandler, was passed with minimal discussion and no objection from attendees or commissioners. The resolution stated in part that, “The Curry […]

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. 20 Business Digest

CNJ staff Deadline to buy banquet tickets nears The deadline to buy tickets to the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is Friday, according to a chamber of commerce news release. The banquet is scheduled for Jan. 30 at the Clovis Civic Center. Tickets are $40 each and available at the Chamber of Commerce office, according […]

Voters speak out on District 5 race

Chandler has experience to back him up Caleb Chandler is obviously the most experienced and qualified candidate for County Commission District 5. Examples: 1. Detention Center problems: Caleb chaired the Joint House and Senate Legislative Committee that investigated the 1980