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An empty start to 2021 legislative session

Today I can report that the state of our state is … to be determined. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham broke with tradition last week and skipped the state of the state address, which has always been given by the governor a couple hours after the start of each legislative session. And I’m not sure why.

State in better fiscal shape than many residents

It will likely take the state of New Mexico three years to recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the state House Appropriations and Finance Committee were told last week.

A legislative session without all the hoopla

If they get the technology right, this could be one of the most productive 60-day sessions in the history of the New Mexico Legislature. It will undoubtedly be the least ceremonious.

Ghostly Capitol

Normally a beehive of activity on the Opening Day of the legislative session, the New Mexico State Capitol building was quiet behind fencing and streets blocked by State Police and National Guardsmen Tuesday, Jan. 19.

GOP efforts to constrain COVID regs blocked

Two bills by Republican lawmakers seeking to give the Legislature more authority over the public health regulations implemented by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were rejected Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Firefighter pension bill gets $30M in committee

A bill to equalize retirement pay for firefighters left the New Mexico Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee $30 million richer than when it arrived Wednesday, Feb. 3.

With bi-partisan support, Steinborn introduces bills to require lobbying transparency

State Sen. Jeff Steinborn, a Las Cruces Democrat, introduced a bill Jan. 26 that would require lobbyists in New Mexico “to report all their lobbying activity on all legislation they work on or …

Ferrary bill would raise alcohol excise tax

State Rep. Joanne J. Ferrary, a Las Cruces Democrat, is sponsoring a bill in the 2023 New Mexico Legislature “to increase public safety and address the harms that alcohol-related incidents …
State Sen. Jeff Steinborn speaking at the introduction of House Bill 8 Jan. 27 in Santa Fe.

Steinborn introduces bill to establish state Division of Creative Industries

“Part of what makes us the Land of Enchantment is because we are home to a rich diversity of artists, creatives, and cultural history that comprise the fabric of New Mexico,” state Sen. …