Sentate approves Bingaman’s public lands bills

For the second time this year, the United States Senate today approved a package of bills introduced by U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, which contains several provisions to protect important sites in New Mexico.

Legislature works on transparency, ethics measures

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol. It decided 33-8 to open conference committees to the public, […]

Senate approves open committee meetings

By Kate Nash/The New Mexican After more than 10 years of trying to open conference committees, new members of the Senate may have made the difference.

Long day, night at Roundhouse

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican In any other year, three days out from the Legislature’s adjournment, the Roundhouse hallways by 9:30 a.m. can be frenetic with lawmakers and lobbyists pondering the fate of their bills. Instead, the halls are mostly quiet, and the coffee maker of the Society of Association Executives is just rumbling […]

March 19, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: two Media literacy: Under a bill approved by both the House and Senate, public schools could offer media literacy as an elective class. The measure (HB342) calls for the electives to be offered to 6th through 12th graders starting in the 2010-2011 school year. Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, is carrying […]

HB 117 Passes Senate

Udall invites college students to apply for summer internships

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced his Senate Summer Internship program and welcomed interested college students to apply for opportunities his Capitol Hill and three New Mexico offices. Each year, selected students can earn course credits and gain a unique perspective of the U.S. Senate while working in Udall’s Capitol Hill office. Additionally, Senator […]

Udall to AIG: “Give the bonuses back, or we’ll find a way to take them back”

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D.N.M., today joined a group of his Senate colleagues to send a message to A.I.G. executives who took $165 million in taxpayer bailouts as bonuses:

HB 265, elimination of the gas chamber for euthanasia of stray cats and dogs, passes Senate by 38 to 0 vote

Today, HB 265, Elimination of the Gas Chamber for Euthanasia of Stray Cats and Dogs, passed the Senate by a 38 to 0 vote.

March 18, 2009 Legislative Roundup

Days remaining in session: Three Animal gas chambers: The Senate has approved a bill (HB265) that would eliminate the use of the gas chamber to euthanize stray dogs and cats. “New Mexico has taken an important step in improving the lives of our stray animals by eliminating the use of the gas chamber for euthanasia,” […]

Open conference question comes to state senate

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican To open conference committees to the public or not? That seems to be a key question before the state Senate this session, one that’s nearing a vote on the chamber’s floor. The Senate is considering two measures to allow the public and the media into conference committees, […]

Death penalty repeal up to governor

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Friday’s decisive state Senate vote to repeal the death penalty in New Mexico was a direct result of November’s election of several new lawmakers. That’s the opinion expressed both by a leading supporter and by a leading opponent of House Bill 285, which would replace the death penalty with […]

Senate to switch on Web camera

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After being taken down before the start of this session, a camera that will broadcast proceedings of the Senate floor over the Internet will return. The Senate voted 37-0 Friday to allow a camera to be installed in the back of the Senate and stream video to the Legislature’s […]

Senate votes to repeal death penalty

The Associated Press SANTA FE – The New Mexico Legislature has voted to repeal the death penalty and replace it with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The state Senate voted 24-18 on Friday for the repeal bill, sending it to Gov. Bill Richardson for his signature. Richardson has opposed […]

March 13, 2009 legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 8 The living daylights: The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 7-1 on Thursday in favor of a bill to abolish daylight saving time in New Mexico. In a news release, bill sponsor Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Dona Ana, said “There are so many reasons for New Mexico to exempt itself from […]

Senate sets limits on campaign contributions

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Ethics reform advocates say they made progress with the approval by the Senate on Thursday of a campaign contribution limit measure, but still have other reforms on their to-do list this session. “It is a big step forward,” Steve Allen, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico said of […]

House considers making veterans committee

CNJ staff The House will soon consider a bill creating a committee responsible for studying military and veterans issues across New Mexico. Senate Bill 529 unanimously passed the Senate Monday. The bill would create a joint interim legislative Military and Veterans Affairs Committee to conduct hearings around the state on military and veterans’ issues. The […]

Senate committee considers Bingman bill aimed at reducing water consumption in energy production

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee today considered legislation U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman wrote to highlight the relationship between energy and water, and to us each resource more efficiently. Bingaman pointed out that large amounts of water are used in the generation of electricity.

Senator seeks end to Daylight Savings Time

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Have you been a little sleepy or slightly disoriented since the change to Daylight Savings Time this week? If so, a state Senate leader wants to help. Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia, D-Dona Ana, on Tuesday introduced a bill to get rid of Daylight Savings Time altogether. “Daylight […]

Legislation proposes changes to train security, warning bells and fines

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The New Mexico Rail Runner Express could have its own police patrol, would ring its bell for a shorter amount of time in Santa Fe and could tap into more funding under measures moving in the House and Senate this session. Another measure would increase by $90 the fine […]