Governor signs bill to open conference committee meetings

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that would make public legislative conference committee meetings where lawmakers reconcile differences between bills passed in the House and Senate. Richardson says he thinks the public wins by opening up the process the separate chambers use to reach agreement on bills. The governor […]

Senate agrees to open doors on committee meetings

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After more than 10 years of trying to open conference committees, new members of the Senate may have made the difference. The Senate voted late Thursday night 33-8 to approve a measure to open the committee meetings, some of the last shuttered gatherings at the Roundhouse. House Bill 393 […]

Clovis schools planning growth meetings

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools is planning three meetings to address plans for dealing with the expected growth from Cannon Air Force Base, according to a news release. Current recommendations from the Facilities Master Plan and Growth Committee include building a third middle school and moving sixth grade students into the middle schools. The […]

March 5, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 16 Webcasting progress: The Senate Rules Committee on Wednesday approved SR3, which would allow webcasting from the Senate floor. The measure now goes to the Senate floor for debate. Meanwhile, another lawmaker is webcasting from House committee meetings. Rep. Dennis Kintigh, R-Roswell, is sending out video of meetings at www.nmgov.tv Fresh […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

PHS News

AIP meetings planned Counselors will be holding Academic Improvement Plan meetings for students (and their parents) at risk for losing credit(s) this year. Parent meetings have been scheduled Tuesday through Dec. 9.

Local Briefs July 30, 2008

Bank receives MainStreet award First Community Bank of Portales received a community award from the New Mexico MainStreet program at its annual awards program Saturday in Raton, according to a press release. First Community Bank is among 12 statewide recipients of the award. The program serves 21 affiliated communities in New Mexico. Open meetings/records seminar […]

Meetings will discuss renewable energy

Freedom New Mexico New Mexico energy, rural and economic development organizations are inviting residents to a series of town hall meetings to discuss renewable energy development in rural communities, according to a press release from New Mexico State University. The first meeting is 9 a.m. Monday at the Memorial Building in Portales. The next meetings […]

School board OKs sale of bonds

PNT Staff Report Plans for a new elementary school in Portales, approved by voters in October, are on track according to school administration officials. School board members met on Monday in a special meeting to give their approval for notice of the sale of $4.5 million in bonds. The sale is scheduled to take place […]

Clovis city workers to take weekend off

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By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Employees with the city of Clovis will take a much-deserved break from tornado cleanup efforts this weekend, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. Thomas made the announcement at two town hall meetings held Friday afternoon in Clovis. “The city will not be working this weekend,” Thomas said, “because they […]