Cannon gets funding; lottery bill dies

David Arkin A bill and capital outlay requests approved on Thursday would provide Cannon Air Force Base with close to $2 million in funding. Legislation, submitted by Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa Rosa, was passed by the Senate on Thursday. Money has been approved for a variety of projects at the base, including funds for a […]

Gov. Richardson calls session ‘major victory’

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson termed this the “year of the Legislature.” Many lawmakers left Santa Fe on Thursday using different words. “This session was mean, ugly, nasty and vicious,” said Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis. “We didn’t get off the floor until 5 a.m. on Thursday. Thank goodness this is over.” Many veteran lawmakers said […]

Proposed bill could provide money for ENMU

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Officials worried about gross receipts tax

David Arkin A controversial vote by the Senate on Tuesday night is sending shockwaves of fear among city officials statewide. The Senate approved a measure that would remove tax from food and medical practitioners, but would put local governments in harm of losing millions of dollars. Officials in eastern New Mexico said the move would […]

Lottery bill hopes fade

David Arkin With less than two days to go in the Legislative session, the future of a controversial Lottery Scholarship bill doesn’t look good for its supporters. The bill, submitted by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, would allow students who graduate from a New Mexico high school to wait a year before going to college and […]

Cannon bill moves to Senate

David Arkin Several Eastern New Mexico lawmakers have said funding for Cannon Air Force Base is among their top priorities this Legislative session. The goal is almost accomplished. Money has been approved for a variety of projects at the base, including funds for a special commission. The fate of funding for an overpass leading to […]

Controversial bill would require ignition locks on all vehicles

David Arkin A bill packed with controversy and expense is headed to the Senate for consideration. The House on Monday approved a bill that would require ignition locks to be put on all new vehicles starting in 2008. Used vehicles would have to have the devices on cars for sale by 2009. The House approved […]

County could profit from proposed bill

David Arkin If the House’s support is any indication, Roosevelt County’s wallet will be a little greener. A bill that amends part of the Small County’s Assistant Act passed the House late last week. If the bill holds up in the Senate and the governor approves it, Roosevelt County will see a benefit in the […]

Officials seek funding from Legislature

David Arkin Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he expected a huge funding bill that included numerous capital outlay requests to be voted on sometime during the next few days. Harden, who headed for Clovis on Thursday to attend to family matters, said he submitted his priorities for capital outlay before he left. There’s expected to […]

House OKs bill that qualifies more students for scholarship

David Arkin A local lawmaker’s proposal to change a portion of the Lottery Scholarship cleared a big hurdle on Thursday. On Thursday, the House gave the OK to a bill sponsored by Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, that would allow students who graduate from high school to sit out a year before going to college and […]