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 […]

March 5, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 16 Webcasting progress: The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved SR3, which would allow webcasting from the Senate floor. The measure now goes to the Senate floor for debate. Meanwhile, another lawmaker is webcasting from House committee meetings. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, is sending out video of meetings at www.nmgov.tv Fresh […]

NM House and Senate to face off in basketball game, House to consider bill on school sports equity

As members of the House and Senate get ready to face off in their annual basketball game, they will also be voting on a bill about athletics equity in New Mexico’s public

Death penalty repeal heads to Judiciary panel

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican The bill that would abolish capital punishment in New Mexico cleared another hurdle Tuesday when it got a do-pass recommendation on a 5-2 party-line vote in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. Senate Bill 285, sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, D-Albquerque, now goes to Senate Judiciary, which is considered the […]

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 […]

Bill protects ‘controversial science’ teaching

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure pending in the Senate Education Committee would protect teachers who want to talk about theories of a “controversial scientific nature,” including but not limited to creationism, its sponsor said. “There’s fear that if they say the wrong thing at the wrong time with the wrong student present […]

Bill would allow ATM machines at racetracks

Both supporters and opponents of a bill that would allow racetrack casinos to put automatic teller machines on the gambling floor expect the bill to pass the Senate today. Senate Bill 330, sponsored by Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola,

Legislation aims to open up political process

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican For Rep. Joe Cervantes, getting his bill that would open conference committees through the state House on Monday was a breeze. The measure to unshutter some of the last legally closed meetings flew through in about a minute, without a question or any debate on the floor. It was […]

Legislation Aims to Open Up Political Process

By Kate NashThe New MexicanFor Rep. Joe Cervantes, getting his bill that would open conference committees through the state House on Monday was a breeze.The measure to unshutter some of the last legally closed meetings flew through in about a minute, without a question or any debate on the floor. It was the first time […]

March 3, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 18 Golden parachutes: The House Judiciary Committee will consider a measure (HB538) sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, that would prohibit state agencies from giving extra money to employees who are terminated for cause or who resign. Under the bill, the state still could buy out an employment contract. During debate […]

Proposed algae plant to create 100 jobs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Portales will become home to an algae farm that produces biofuel and an estimated 100 new jobs for the region if the U.S. Senate passes a proposed budget bill. Nearly $1 million in funding for the project is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to […]

Proposed bill exempts seniors from jury duty

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The saying age has its privileges may find new meaning in New Mexico law. A bill passed by the state Senate Tuesday gives senior citizens 70 and older an automatic pass on jury duty. Introduced by Sen. Stuart Ingle, SB 112 gives citizens 70 and older a choice to […]

Anti-cancer bills get new focus

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican Activists are renewing their push for bills that target cancer screening and treatment in the wake of the death of Patty Jennings, the director of the New Mexico Medical Insurance Pool. Jennings, wife of Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, died this weekend after battling breast cancer. She was […]

Domestic partners bill revived

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican A stalled bill that would establish domestic partnerships for unmarried couples in New Mexico got new life Monday when a senator who had opposed the idea decided to let the entire Senate consider it. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-5 Monday to pass Senate Bill 12, without recommendation, to […]

Feb. 10, 2009 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 39 Autism bill passes Senate A measure requiring private health insurance companies to cover autism treatment passed the Senate Monday. If the House and Gov. Bill Richardson sign on, autism coverage would include screening and treatment through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis, according to the Senate […]

More ethics bills placed in hopper

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, with the help of some House Democrats, is pushing a package of bills that she said Tuesday will bring more transparency to state government. Denish told reporters at a news conference that her package is separate from the ethics legislation package being pushed […]