2-4 Legislative tidbits

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 14 Finding the missing The Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill designed to help locate missing people — both children and adults — faster and more effectively. Senate Bill 55, according to its sponsor, Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, includes a timeline for when missing person […]

Chandler running for state attorney general

ALBUQUERQUE: Republican Ninth District Attorney Matt Chandler announced his candidacy for New Mexico Attorney General today. Standing in front of the Metropolitan Courthouse that became the center of a corruption scandal that brought down former Senate President Manny Aragon, Chandler said that the New Mexico Attorney General must be more aggressive in rooting out corruption […]

Bill would allow concealed weapons in restaurants

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican People with licenses to carry concealed guns could take their firearms into restaurants that serve beer and wine under a bill that zipped through a Senate committee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 40, sponsored by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, cleared the Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee by a […]

Lawmakers proposing tax hikes

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Despite the fact that Gov. Bill Richardson and conservative Democrats who control the state Senate are opposed increasing taxes, a band of lawmakers Thursday are proposing various tax hikes. And one senator in the newly formed group called the Working Families Caucus, told reporters there are 22 […]

Emissions bill would derail economic recovery

Freedom New Mexico A cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions and financially penalize businesses emitting them faces new opposition among moderate Senate Democrats, apparently worried about voter backlash in next year’s election. Cap-and-trade, along with sweeping changes in health care, are the Obama administration’s two principle initiatives, but polls already show more Americans oppose […]

Udall: Senate passes historic health reform legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today voted in favor of historic health care reform legislation that will provide quality, affordable health coverage to 96 percent of New Mexicans while reducing health care costs for individuals, businesses and government. The Senate approved the bill 60-39. The legislation, called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care […]

Senate OKs health care measure, reaching milestone

By Erica Werner: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats passed a landmark health care bill in a climactic Christmas Eve vote that could define President Barack Obama’s legacy and usher in near-universal medical coverage for the first time in the country’s history. “We are now finally poised to deliver on the promise of real, […]

Senate bill to include $1.5 million in road projects for Clovis

Freedom New Mexico A spending bill finalized for a Senate vote contains nearly $1.5 million for road projects in Curry County, according to a release from U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall. More than $11.6 million for New Mexico is in the bill, including $500,000 for replacement of the Hull Street Overpass and $974,000 […]

Bingaman talks about health care reform legislation being debated in senate

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked about the health care reform bill being debated in the Senate. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman120809m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks about the health care reform legislation currently being debated on the Senate floor. 01:04 – […]

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.