Legislature 2020
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A plan that would increase contributions from public workers and the state to the Public Employees Retirement Association to get the pension system on a path to solvency is nearly on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk. more
The state House passed a bill Saturday (Feb. 15) to create tougher penalties for illegal New Mexico "chop shops" that dismantle stolen vehicles to sell for parts. more
State Rep. Derrick Lente spent much of the last year crisscrossing New Mexico to speak with Native American leaders about the needs of kids in their communities. To address them, he sponsored a handful of legislation endorsed by all 23 of the state's tribes. more
New Mexico’s 54th Legislature wrapped up Thursday amid congratulatory hugs and news conferences — a veneer of good cheer that masked a dose of sleep deprivation, early-morning procedural bickering, and finally, sighs of relief as key bills were passed just hours before the final gavel. more
“Through Word Perfect, I think.” — Sen. John Arthur Smith, responding on the Senate floor when Sen. Bill Sharer asked how the Opportunity Scholarship got into the budget. Here's the latest from the Roundhouse: more
A state Senate committee tabled legislation Tuesday night (Feb. 18) that would overhaul the Public Regulation Commission, all but ensuring the bill's death this session. more
"I'm exhausted. I pick out my wardrobe and wonder what would be most comfortable to sleep in." — Rep. Susan Herrera, D-Embudo, commenting on House floor debates that have lasted until midnight. Here's the latest from the Roundhouse: more
“That’s the last you’re going to hear of me.” — retiring Sen. Bill Payne, R-Albuquerque,  after he was honored by the Senate. Here's some of the Legislature's latest: more
A bill that would create a potential pathway for New Mexico to import prescription drugs from Canada is now on its way to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law. more
"I can't explain it to myself, let alone someone else." — Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, after a lengthy and sometimes contentious debate on the Senate floor over Senate Bill 52, which would require additional reporting requirements for the Local Economic Development Act. Here's some of the Legislature's latest: more
“The reason I’m carrying it is I care about every dog and cat in the state of New Mexico.” — Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, during a floor debate on his bill to impose an additional fee on pet food that would fund the dog and cat spay and neuter assistance program.  Here's some of the Legislature's latest: more
Here's some of the Legislature's latest: more
A scholarship plan aimed at covering all college tuition and expense costs for New Mexicans cleared yet another hurdle when members of the Senate Education Committee voted 5-2 this week to send it to the Senate Finance Committee. more
Other legislative activity this week: more
After weeks of heated testimony, the last legislative debate on a contentious gun-control bill played out with little drama Thursday night on the House floor. more
"If she puts on her cowboy hat, I will." —Sen. George Muñoz, responding to Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez's request to yield the Senate floor during debate Thursday. "Been there, done that," Sedillo Lopez replied. Read the full article for more of the Legislature's latest: more
A bill that would appropriate $100 million to repair some of New Mexico's most dangerous dams advanced Tuesday (Feb. 11) in the state Senate.The money would pay for only … more
"It's nothing that a day sitting in committee hearings won't fix." — Rep. Nathan Small, D-Las Cruces, on his noticeable limp after he played in Tuesday night's basketball game between the House and the Senate. Read the full article for more of the Legislature's latest: more
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 to table a bill that would have legalized the recreational use of cannabis for New Mexicans over the age of 21. more
Opponents of Senate Bill 5, perhaps the most controversial piece of legislation in this year's session, made what may have been their last stand Tuesday during a House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee hearing. more
"No, I get enough of these guys when I'm here [at the Roundhouse]." — Tripp Stelnicki, spokesman for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, on whether he planned to attend the annual basketball game between House and Senate members. Read the full article for more of the Legislature's latest: more
The outlook for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's tuition-free college scholarship, one of her signature initiatives for the legislative session, had started to seem dubious. A budget bill the … more
Days remaining in session: 10 Comeback for ex-senator: The Senate on Monday voted 37-5 to confirm former Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez to the State Board of Finance. Senators … more
A co-sponsor of a bill that would legalize the use of recreational cannabis said he he thinks it only has a "one in three" chance of becoming law this year.  more
"I'm not going to fall on my sword over six words." — Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on increased penalties for crimes committed with the use of a firearm. Here's the latest from the Legislature: more
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