Ethics bill gets committee nod

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican For years, a measure that would enhance penalties for public officials who are convicted felons couldn’t even get a hearing in the Capitol. And when it was heard, it never cleared a single committee. Wednesday morning, however the bill (SB 141) got a nod from the Senate Rules Committee […]

Base aims to thwart drunken driving

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer With the holidays in full swing, an organization at Cannon Air Force Base is gearing up to curb drinking and driving. By offering free rides without consequences to airmen who have been drinking, members hope to keep partiers from getting behind the wheel. Airmen Against Drunk Driving works to […]

Child abuse, neglect deserve to be taken seriously

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist It was a long-term substitute-teaching assignment for seventh-grade math, with the teacher expecting to be gone for three weeks. Within three days of that three weeks, I had developed an opinion about what was going on in the life of one child. It was some objective pieces — the worn […]

House, Senate pass bill to aid uninsured

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department would set up a program to help buy health insurance for children of the working poor under legislation endorsed by both the House and the Senate on Tuesday. The bills are backed by the Richardson administration as one way to tackle the problem of […]

Aggravated DUI is heavier offense

27th Fighter Wing legal office When people drink and drive, they lose. Most individuals have heard this warning about the consequences of drinking and driving. Most also know that an alcohol level of .08 or higher is automatically considered driving under the influence (DUI). But what if someone refuses to blow into the breathalyzer machine? […]

Lawyers disagree on sex-crime legislation

By Darrell Todd Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important […]