Legislative roundup: Feed bill passes house

The New Mexican Legislative Roundup Days remaining in session: 58 Feed bill passes House The Legislature’s 60-day session will cost taxpayers $138,778 a day. A bill to pay for operations of the session was approved on Wednesday by the House. There was no debate or questions about the spending measure before it passed unanimously and […]

Legislature: Senator stresses frugality — with kilt

The New Mexican Legislative roundup Days remaining in session: 59 Fear of computers: We hope you weren’t looking for a live webcast from the Senate floor Monday or Tuesday. After the Senate voted 27-13 last year to begin streaming live video of floor sessions over the Internet, many people expected them to do just that. […]

Pool among local projects awaiting capital outlay money

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There was never a good time for the Hull Street Overpass to be closed. But there could have been a better time than right now, ahead of a legislative session where capital outlay may be hard to come by for replacement of the now demolished bridge. “There are always […]

Stuart Ingle announces he will seek re-election

PNT Staff Report Veteran state senator Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, announced he will seek re-election to his District 27 Senate seat, according to a press release. “It is very rewarding to serve the rural character of the people of Chaves, Curry, Roosevelt and DeBaca counties. It is a tremendous honor and privilege,” Ingle said. “I hope […]

Regents converge on capital

PNT Staff SANTA FE — Eastern New Mexico University Regents were in Santa Fe for their regular board meeting Wednesday to coincide with the opening of the 30-day legislative session. According to ENMU President Steve Gamble, regents were able to meet with various legislative contacts during the morning and hold their meeting during the afternoon. […]

SANE to obtain new equipment

Freedom Newspapers Legislative funds will be used to purchase equipment for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Curry County, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Approximately $20,000 will be used to purchase a colposcope, a computerized camera used to magnify, photograph and document injuries during collection of forensic evidence, the […]

Area legislators list priorities

Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales • Age: 59 • Occupation: Farmer, rancher • District: 27, serving Chaves, De Baca and Roosevelt counties • Time served: Sixth term •Top legislative priority: The education system is my top priority, particularly higher education. • Capitol office phone: 986-4702 • Committee Membership: Capitol Outlay Subcommittee, Committees’ Committee, Corporations and Transportation, […]

Life of a bill

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Eleven days remained Thursday until the onset of the 48th legislative session. The sun had set, night was near; but calm eluded Rep. Anna Crook. “My stomach is churning,” said Crook, R-Clovis. Constituent e-mails, letters and phone calls bounced in her head. Suggested laws. Suggested funding. Requests she finds reasonable, […]

Lawmakers rush to complete work by noon

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE — Lawmakers neared the finishing line of their 30-day session with many of Gov. Bill Richardson’s legislative proposals unresolved. The Legislature adjourns at noon on Thursday and the closing hours of the session resembled a high-wire act as the House and Senate rushed to complete work on […]

Richardson pledges capital outlay for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent to […]