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How ethics fixes died in this year’s legislative session

The New Mexico Senate chambers is seen at the state Capitol building in Santa Fe on Jan. 10.
An effort to fix the state’s anticorruption statute after the New Mexico Supreme Court barred prosecutors from bringing criminal charges under several of its provisions died in the state …

Education funding grows in state budget

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks at a press conference following the adjournment of the legislative session on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 15, 2024. She praised lawmakers for working together to help deliver some of her education proposals.
Education proved to be a flashpoint for debate in the 2024 30-day New Mexico legislative session. Conflicts about priorities, local control, funding and multilingual education marked debate as …

House rejects paid family and medical leave

Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, and other representative, console each other after Senate Bill 3, the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, failed to pass during a vote on the House Floor, Wednesday, February 14, 2024.
A guarantee of paid family and medical leave for New Mexico workers died on Wednesday by a single vote. After just over three hours of debate, the House of Representatives voted 34-36 on  …

Rift among Democrats dooms alcohol tax push

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The push to change the state’s taxes on alcohol all but ended Friday when the House Taxation & Revenue Committee voted down one bill and declined to take action on another. Chairman Rep. …

NM Supreme Court nixes challenge to line item vetoes

The New Mexico Supreme Court building in Santa Fe, seen Jan. 28, 2024.
An Albuquerque lawmaker sued Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham over line item vetoes to a 2023 tax bill.
Sunland Park residents give input Jan. 11, 2024, about a proposed emergency food pantry planned for the city.

Sunland Park seeks $4M for food pantry

SUNLAND PARK – Residents and advocates are asking state lawmakers to fully fund a proposed new food pantry that would help alleviate hunger in Sunland Park, which is grappling with high levels …

Senate bill would allow lawmakers into cannabis biz sooner

Back in 2021, before voting to make recreational use of cannabis legal, lawmakers on the Senate floor barred any lawmaker serving at that time from going into the commercial cannabis license until …
Posters of Indigenous people who have gone missing line the hallway of an Albuquerque hotel on Missing in New Mexico Day in December 2023.

Budget leaves out money for missing and murdered Indigenous people staff

A proposed bureau within the Indian Affairs Department focused on a crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people might be in peril. At issue is how much money the Legislature will give the …
Glenn Cutter

New Mexico Senate honors Glenn Cutter

Glenn Cutter of Picacho Hills, longtime champion of the arts and a Las Cruces business leader, was celebrated on the floor of the New Mexico Senate on Jan. 29 for his contributions not only to New …
New Mexico’s state Capitol building in Santa Fe, seen Jan. 28, 2024.

$10 billion budget passes New Mexico House

The state House of Representatives approved the budget package following a lengthy debate on the floor Wednesday. HB 2  and HB 3, were combined to present the state budget and the House …
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