Walter Rubel, Las Cruces Sun-News

Walter Rubel

Las Cruces Sun-News

Las Cruces, NM, United States

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Past articles by Walter:

N.M. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs capital outlay bill, funding local projects

The capital outlay bill signed last week by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham includes millions for projects in southern New Mexico. → Read More

Marijuana bill to be split for special session

One bill would create the framework for taxing and regulating the new industry, and a second would deal with social justice issues. → Read More

How they voted: Records show more unity than division among New Mexico lawmakers

There was a lot more agreement among New Mexico lawmakers during this year’s legislative session than one may have thought, despite a few contentious bills. → Read More

Michelle Lujan Grisham to call special session on New Mexico marijuana legalization

New Mexico Legislature ended Saturday without passing legislation to legalize marijuana. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will call a special session on it → Read More

Sen. Bill Soules rejects New Mexico House changes to small loan bill

Sen. Bill Soules refused to accept changes made to his bill seeking a limit on interest rates for small loans; now a committee will try to find a resolution. → Read More

Persistence pays off on New Mexico's early childhood education bill

Efforts to increase the yearly distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education finally passed in the New Mexico Senate. → Read More

Legislative Notebook: House Dems propose compromise on loan bill

Under the compromise, the rate will remain at 99 percent for loans up to $1,000; but will drop to 36 percent for loans of more than that. → Read More

New Mexico Senate passes Civil Rights bill in late-night vote

The New Mexico Senate passed the New Mexico Civil Rights Act on a 26-15 vote taken after midnight, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 17. → Read More

Early ed proposal finally gets through New Mexico Senate Finance Committee

Similar legislation has been passed by the House in each of the past six sessions, but has died without a vote in the Senate Finance Committee. → Read More

Legislative Notebook: Aid in dying bill nears final passage in New Mexico

Legislation that would allow New Mexico health professionals to assist terminally ill patients in taking their own lives passed the Senate Monday. → Read More

New Mexico Senate tightens rules on medical marijuana

With two bills to legalize marijuana sales stalled in committee, the Senate on Monday turned its attention to the state’s medical marijuana program. → Read More

New Mexico lawmakers pass bill to break NCAA rules regarding student athlete pay

Student athletes could lose their eligibility if the NCAA were to enforce its rules, but the bill sponsor assured his fellow members they won’t. → Read More

Legislative notebook: Bill to end minimum wage exemption for student workers passes

Under existing law, pay for high school students remains at $8.50 an hour, while other workers saw an increase this year to $10.50. → Read More

Legislative notebook: Support for rural air service passes House

House Bill 325 would provide grants to municipal or county governments to expand or begin air service. → Read More

New Mexico Senate blocks bill to limit governor’s powers

After about an hour of debate, the motion was defeated 24-14 on a straight party-line vote: the bill will likely languish until the end of the session. → Read More

Civil Rights Act advances to final vote in New Mexico Senate

A bill that would strip the legal protection of qualified immunity from public employees now moves to the Senate floor for a final vote. → Read More

No mini-bottles, no Sunday restrictions among proposed changes to New Mexico's liquor laws

Senators used a bill to allow alcohol deliveries and expanded sales at restaurants as the platform for some tinkering with state liquor laws. → Read More

Legislative notebook: Governor signs bill to waive liquor license fees

Senate Bill 2 will waive liquor-license fees for one year in an effort to help businesses most impacted by the pandemic. → Read More

New Mexico bill would ban protests outside of homes

New Mexico Legislators recalled threats to their own safety Monday in voting for a bill that would make it illegal to protest outside a person’s home. → Read More

Legislative Notebook: New Mexico House passes bill to cover COVID-19 in workers comp

House Bill 268 would also allow employers to rebut the claim if they could prove that the worker violated a public health order. → Read More