Feb. 13, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 36 Measuring state workers: A measure by freshman Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, would measure the productivity of state government employees. An analysis of Senate Bill 158 says labor productivity is defined as “the output per worker-hour of labor.” Further, the bill says “labor productivity would be calculated using Bureau of Labor […]

Senate to vote on stimulus package

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico As Congress debates the size of an economic stimulus package aimed at creating jobs by funding “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, Clovis is working to get two projects ready for the bill, according to city officials. City Manager Joe Thomas said replacing the Hull Street overpass and improving the city’s wastewater […]

Feb. 10, 2009 Legislative Tidbits

Days remaining in session: 39 Autism bill passes Senate A measure requiring private health insurance companies to cover autism treatment passed the Senate Monday. If the House and Gov. Bill Richardson sign on, autism coverage would include screening and treatment through speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and applied behavioral analysis, according to the Senate […]

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 […]

Unmarried couples bill stalls again

By Steve Terrell A domestic partnership bill on Monday fell short of the votes it needed to clear a state Senate committee. The tie vote meant the Senate Judiciary Committee remains a roadblock for backers of legislation allowing unmarried partners in New Mexico — same-sex and otherwise — many of the same rights and privileges […]

Webcasts ‘thorny issue’

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican It’s the issue that won’t go away: to webcast or not from the state Capitol. As a House subcommittee considers whether and how to allow webcasting, the topic came up during Senate floor debate on a budget proposal when Sen. Mark Boitano, R-Albuquerque, attempted an amendment to […]

Domestic partnerships battle resumes

Unmarried couples would get the same rights and privileges as their married counterparts under a bill recommended Wednesday by a Senate Committee. The Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 5-4 to recommend passage of Senate Bill 12, also known as the Domestic Partners Rights & Responsibilities Act. While supporters say it’s a civil rights issue, opponents […]

House sessions may be webcasts

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican By Steve Terrell The santa fe New Mexican Although state Senate leaders voted last month to not webcast Senate floor sessions

Most committee chairmen stay despite pro-tem fight

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican It was the Senate committee chairmen shake-up that wasn’t. After Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings was re-elected Tuesday with the help of 15 Republicans and eight Democrats, including himself, some expected that chairmanships would change hands Wednesday. That didn’t happen, although some current chairmen sweated whether they’d keep […]

Jennings wins Senate clash

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Although most of his fellow Democrats wanted to replace Tim Jennings as the state Senate’s president pro-tem, the Southern New Mexico conservative held on to his post Monday with the help of Republicans and a handful of Democrats. The outcome of the leadership struggle, in which the more progressive […]

Political drama likely guest of honor in Santa Fe

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican You have a lame-duck governor who was supposed to be leaving but then announced an abrupt change of plans, and an ambitious lieutenant governor, who was supposed to take the reigns but now has to be content presiding over the Senate. You have a leadership struggle brewing […]

Authorization for Ute Water Project passes Senate

Freedom New Mexico The Ute Water Project is halfway to Barack Obama’s desk. By a 73-21 vote, Senate Bill 22 passed Thursday afternoon, and similar legislation will head to the House of Representatives. The bill is expected to be in the House for a week or two before it lands on the desk of the […]

Ute water measure expected to hit Senate Thursday

Freedom New Mexico Authorization of the Ute Water Project is expected to be on the Senate floor Thursday, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. By a 68-24 vote Wednesday, the Senate approved cloture on Senate Bill 22. Cloture is a procedure to end debate and limit amendments on a measure, contrary […]

Ute bill makes progres in Senate

Freedom New Mexico A package of bills, including a measure to authorize the Ute Water Project, passed the first of two procedural votes in the Senate on Sunday. Jude McCartin, a spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the first vote was a cloture vote to bring the bill to the floor, which passed […]

Domenici looks back on Senate career

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico After 35 years, New Mexico’s senior senator — Pete Domenici — is retiring for health reasons. Domenici was a power broker in Washington who got results for Clovis and New Mexico. He

ENMU Briefs Dec. 16

Contest winners announced The Eastern New Mexico University Speech and Hearing office won the Support Senate’s Christmas door-decorating contest, and the $72 pot. Communication Services came in second, Accounts Payable placed third and the Registrar’s Office took honorable mention. Tammi Gardner, vice president of the Support Senate, said, “The judges said that the contest illustrated […]

Congress approves defense bill

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico The Senate passed a defense bill Wednesday that includes $26 million in funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. The bill cleared the Senate 88-8 despite Republican objections to billions of dollars in special projects lawmakers had added. The measure would permit $612.5 billion in spending for […]

Senate OKs bill containing Cannon funding

By Gabriel Monte: Cannon Connections The Senate passed a defense bill Wednesday that includes $26 million in funding for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base. The bill cleared the Senate 88-8 despite Republican objections to billions of dollars in special projects lawmakers had added. The measure would permit $612.5 billion in spending for national […]

National debate no substitute in Senate race

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Since last November, both Tom Udall and Steve Pearce have been racing toward this November, and the election for the Senate seat left vacant by Pete Domenici’s retirement. They’ve disagreed on many issues as they’ve met people across New Mexico, and they’re set to disagree on “Meet the Press.” […]

Senate committee OKs Cannon funding

Freedom New Mexico The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that includes authorizing about $26.4 million for construction projects at Cannon Air Force Base, according to a press release from Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The bill, which approves about $119 billion to fund military construction projects, will be introduced to the full senate for consideration, […]