Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

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Tonjia Rolan The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17. To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators. The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

Their view: Lyons proposes cost-cutting measures

Patrick H. Lyons is chairman of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. He represents District 2, which includes Roosevelt and Curry counties. In a recent news release, he touched on money-saving initiatives undertaken by the NMPRC under his leadership.

Schools preparing for budget cuts

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Area schools are waiting for Gov. Bill Richardson to sign a package of measures that gives a less than 1 percent budget cut to public education. Portales Municipal Schools officials have been preparing for the budgets cuts since last summer. The cut for Portales would be between $350,000 to […]

Resident requesting anti-littering measure

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer A Roosevelt County resident plans to ask the County Commission to put up one “no littering” sign and publicize the state public nuisance law. The request is among agenda items for the commission meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the District Courthouse. Linda Giddings, who lives west of Portales, […]

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 […]

Government not reliable in protecting public

Editorial Following the 9/11 attacks, Americans have become accustomed to increasingly obtrusive and expensive security measures ostensibly designed to keep terrorists from boarding airplanes. But recent government security tests confirm what many of us suspect: Most of the poking, prodding, wanding, X-raying and searching by Transportation Security Administration security guards is largely for naught. Government […]

Local officials keeping a wary eye on water situation

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By William P. Thompson Eastern New Mexico has been without significant rainfall since mid-October, and local entities are preparing for continued dry weather — but water issues are not cause for immediate alarm, officials said. “Right now, a number of our wells are not even pumping water out because the demand for water is not […]

Committee approves bed tax repeal, shelves tax rebate proposals

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — A House committee endorsed a proposal Thursday to repeal a tax on nursing home care, but it shelved Republican-backed measures that would refund to New Mexicans the money paid because of the tax. The Consumer and Public Affairs Committee gave unanimous approval to a measure that would eliminate the […]

What if water use is restricted?

By Claire Bushey In the Sandia Mountains community of Madrid near Albuquerque, lack of water translates to lack of toilets. The New Mexico town with its population of 149 attracts a number of tourists due to its shops and galleries. But because of extreme water conservation measures, it only has four businesses with toilets available […]