Bill tracker: New bills introduced

Tonjia Rolan Local area legislators have introduced 14 new bills since Jan. 26. The deadline for filing legistlation was Feb. 1. House and Senate bill progress has been updated to reflect information available 5 p.m. Monday.

Press release: Roch bill gives tax break to retired military

Military retirees in living in New Mexico may see their state income tax burden reduced under a bill introduced this week in the State House by Representative Dennis Roch (R-Texico). House Bill 162 proposes to exempt twenty-five percent of a retiree’s military pension income from the state’s personal income tax, with that percentage increasing to […]

Legislative tidbits: Bill would limit bills

Days remaining in session: 28 Bill would limit bills A measure introduced by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, would limit the number of bills a lawmaker can introduce each session. Under the plan, lawmakers could prefile as many bills online as they like before a session starts, but then would be limited to five bills […]

Oct. 26, 1975

The Portales News-Tribune reported that the ENMU regents wanted a president who could walk on water but had settled for one who could merely fly. Warren B. Armstrong of St. Cloud, Minn., was introduced Saturday as the sixth president of Eastern New Mexico University.

April 12, 2009 Club Notes

United Daughters The Ellen W., Jones Chapter of the United Daughters held their April meeting at the Portales Public Library Janelle Foster, Bess Jones, Jan Ross, and Margaret Smith served a hostess. An Easter theme was used in decorations and favors. President Janelle Foster called the meeting to order and introduced guests Stella Buie, Rev., […]

Film official admits meddling with bill

By Robert Nott: The New Mexican A doctored version of an official Legislative Finance Committee document introduced in a House Committee session last week may cause more confusion and controversy about the merit of the state’s popular film incentive program. Jon Hendry, business agent of the local film technicians union, the International Alliance of Theatrical […]

College of Santa Fe takeover bill passes House committee

By John Sena: The New Mexican The House Education Committee on Friday morning narrowly approved a bill that would give a state institution the authority to take over the College of Santa Fe. Members voted 6-5 to approve House Bill 577, which was introduced by Rep. Lucky Varela, D-Santa Fe, and outlines the requirements for […]

Feb. 11, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 38 Go hemp A measure introduced by Rep. Ray Begaye, D-Shiprock, would set up guidelines for the “growing, licensing, selling and processing of industrial hemp in the State of New Mexico.” House Bill 403 would spend $150,000. Of that, $100,000 would go to New Mexico State University to set up a […]

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 […]

Dec. 13, 1948

Eastern New Mexico College Players presented “Antigone” as the first major dramatic production in the college’s new theatre. The play, originally set in Greece and written by Sophocles, was introduced to the English world five years earlier in France under German rule, an ironic note as the plot of the play includes a young girl […]

Sept. 9 Club Notes

Daughters of the Confederacy The Ellen W. Jones Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its September meeting at Roosevelt General Hospital with a luncheon. Jane Hilliard, Della Kobernick and Robbie Wicker served as hostesses. President Jan Ross opened with a welcome, June Ferguson was introduced as a guest and Wicker gave the […]

May 13, 2007 Club News

Portales Women’s Club Portales Woman’s Club met Wednesday with 31 members and four guests present. Sasha Parker was introduced by the Education/Scholarship Committee as the GFWC New Mexico State Scholarship winner, as well as the Portales Woman’s Club scholarship winner. At the recent state convention she received a four-year Harriett Donohoo/Dorothy Pendleton Scholarship. Also introduced […]

Mandatory sentencing bill introduced to Senate

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, has introduced a bill in the state Senate that would mandate five-year minimum sentences for repeat drug trafficking offenders. The bill could be heard on the Senate floor in the next couple of weeks, he said. Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler said he has invested […]

Ute water bill now up on Capitol Hill

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent Lawmakers in the nation’s capital on Wednesday got the ball rolling for a project that could be the answer to eastern New Mexico’s water needs. U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., introduced the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System Act of 2004 on Wednesday to Congress, which would allow the U.S […]

Council sets application fee for new businesses

Tony Parra Mayor Orlando Ortega and the city council established an application fee of $100 on Tuesday for new businesses interested in receiving taxpayer funds to help start new industry in Portales. City Manager Debi Lee said the application fee can be anywhere from $50 to $150 and recommended a $100 fee, which the city […]

Bill would benefit Cannon

Davis Arkin If Jose Campos gets his way, some big smiles will be seen on the personnel at Cannon Air Force Base. Campos, a House of Representative member whose district includes both Curry and Roosevelt counties, said on Monday afternoon that he is putting together legislation that could significantly benefit Cannon. The bill has not […]

Proposed bill would help fund transporting inmates

David Arkin By David Arkin PNT Correspondent A bill introduced on Wednesday by a local lawmaker could provide $2 million for the transportation of parole violators. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said from his Santa Fe office that he introduced SB 90, legislation that would appropriate funds to the state’s Corrections Department to reimburse counties for […]