House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

Government only drives up reform costs

Freedom New Mexico Finally ending what has been one of the more excruciating legislative episodes in recent history, the Senate Finance Committee has approved the Baucus bill. It happened after months of debate and negotiation on health care legislation. Now the real battles can begin. The Baucus bill, named for committee chairman Max Baucus of […]

State legislature adjourns

What passed (Bills already signed by Gov. Bill Richardson have been noted.): * Death penalty: HB285 repeals the death penalty and establishes life in prison without parole as the state’s maximum sentence. It was signed into law by the governor. * Open conference committees: HB393 opens to the public conference committees — meetings in which […]

Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

Freedom New Mexico State lawmakers passed a pair of capital outlay financing bills Saturday during the last day of the 60-day session. One bill allocates almost $140 million for more than 70 projects across the state, while another bill reallocates funding from previously approved projects to new ones. Both bills go to Gov. Bill Richardson’s […]

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 […]

Unpaid lunch bills mounting

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer While bigger districts with bigger deficits are fighting the unpaid lunch bill battle with cheese sandwiches, Clovis and Portales schools are still in the trenches making phone calls and sending home statements. School districts across the state have seen a rise in unpaid lunch bills with the economic downturn. […]

March 3, 1981

The Portales City Council authorized the city attorney to file charges in magistrate court against citizens who had not paid their ambulance bills in the preceding four years. According to City Manager Don Hutson, more than $34,000 in ambulance bills were still due.

Bills would make government more transparent

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican The public would have better access to and could gain more understanding of the state government under several bills making progress this session. Certain committees that are now closed would be open while government documents would become public sooner under the measures originating in the House. The House Appropriations […]

Measure would promote green jobs

The New Mexican Days remaining in session: 30 Green measures: A pair of bills in the Senate, (SB318) and (SB420), aim to promote green jobs in the state. Sen. Eric G. Griego, D-Albuquerque, is carrying the bills. One would require spending of a minimum of $1 million each year from the Development Training Fund for […]

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 […]