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Bill seeks to stanch rise of organized retail crime

'We can’t operate like this,' business owner, robbery victim says. 'People have just had it.' → Read More

NM taxpayers could be getting another $750 rebate check, under bill advancing at Roundhouse

SANTA FE — With rising costs of food, gas and other basic supplies showing no signs of dropping, New Mexico taxpayers could be in line to get a new round of financial relief from the state by as soon as this spring. A bill providing $750 rebates for individual taxpayers — married couples filing jointly […] → Read More

Bill limiting NM prescribed burns revived after previous setback

SANTA FE — A bill seeking to curtail the use of prescribed burns in New Mexico’s gusty spring season is moving forward after being revived at the Roundhouse. The legislation, Senate Bill 21, had stalled in a Senate committee last week amid concern about how it would impact forest mangers, farmers and others who use […] → Read More

As New Mexico mandates state workers go back to the office, some say they plan to leave

About two-thirds of the state's nearly 17,000 rank-and-file employees were already back in the office full-time as of the start of this year. → Read More

NM wildfire recovery package advances at Capitol as state waits for federal funds to arrive

SANTA FE — A bill aimed at helping fire-ravaged parts of northern New Mexico rebuild local roads, culverts and acequias — without having to wait for federal relief funds to arrive — is headed to the full Senate. The Senate Finance Committee voted 10-0 on Wednesday to approve the measure, Senate Bill 6, which is […] → Read More

Smells like student advocacy? Schoolkids bolster bill to create official state aroma

SANTA FE — New Mexico already has a state song, a state cookie, a state bird, a state flower and even a state question. What the state does not have, however, is an official state smell, though that would change under legislation advancing at the Roundhouse enshrining the scent of green chile roasting in the […] → Read More

Senate panel, on party-line vote, approves bill increasing minimum age to buy high-powered guns

SANTA FE — A push to increase the minimum age to buy certain firearms from 18 to 21 cleared its first Senate hurdle Monday, after a heated committee hearing in which backers cited recent mass shootings and opponents raised concerns about law-abiding gun owners being prosecuted. The bill, Senate Bill 116, is one of several […] → Read More

Bill aimed at bolstering NM's patchwork rural health care system on the move

SANTA FE — A proposal to tap New Mexico’s revenue windfall to bolster health care services in rural parts of the state where residents frequently have to drive long distances to find a hospital or health care facility— if they can even find one — is on the move at the Roundhouse. The Senate Health […] → Read More

NM House Republicans oust Jason Harper as whip in rare mid-session leadership shakeup

SANTA FE — Just 10 days into this year’s legislative session, House Republicans are reshuffling their leadership team. After a lengthy closed-door caucus meeting Friday afternoon, the House GOP announced its 25 members had voted to remove Rep. Jason Harper of Rio Rancho as their caucus whip and replace him with Rep. Greg Nibert of […] → Read More

Governor's Office confirms David Scrase to depart job as Human Services Department secretary

SANTA FE — David Scrase — who led the state Human Services Department and emerged as the face of New Mexico’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic — is leaving the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and will formally retire next month. The Governor’s Office confirmed the abrupt departure Friday, saying Scrase is already on […] → Read More

Lawmakers chewing on bill proposing free school meals for all New Mexico students

Initiative would cover breakfast, lunch for over 69,000 students not subsidized → Read More

NM General Services Department Secretary John Garcia to step down

SANTA FE - The leader of New Mexico's General Services Department is stepping down after ... → Read More

New public safety council to address organized retail crime in New Mexico

SANTA FE - Citing concerns about organized retail crime, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced ... → Read More

Governor calls for bipartisanship, step-by-step approach to deal with NM's high violent crime rate

SANTA FE — In the early stages of this year’s 60-day legislative session, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and top Democratic and Republican legislators are calling for a political truce of sorts to pursue a range of solutions to New Mexico’s violent crime problem. But finding common ground on hot-button proposals dealing with guns, criminal penalties […] → Read More

Minimum wage bills spark fierce debate

Committe advances one proposal, but delays the vote on a second → Read More

Bill seeking to ban prescribed burns in NM during spring months extinguished by Senate panel

State and federal forest officials called such burns a vital tool and urged lawmakers not to limit the practice. → Read More

A bill providing $20 million for a statewide warrant roundup could be retooled to address questions

SANTA FE — A proposal to spend $20 million for a statewide warrant roundup is on hold — at least for now — due to concerns about its potential impact on New Mexico’s judicial system. During a Monday meeting of the House Judiciary Committee, several lawmakers said they support the bill’s intent but questioned exactly […] → Read More

Bill would provide loans for wildfire recovery

$100M Roundhouse measure is meant for public infrastructure → Read More

Before his arrest, Solomon Pena was elected to Bernalillo County GOP leadership post

Pena faces charges for his alleged role in a string of shootings targeting Democratic elected officials' homes → Read More

Ouster of committee chairwoman reverberates at Capitol

Veteran lawmaker calls move 'pathetic attempt at political retaliation' → Read More