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A civil rights bill that has sparked fears of financial calamity from local governments across New Mexico and ensnared the top-ranking Democrat in the state House of Representatives in an ethics complaint narrowly cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5-4 vote late Wednesday (March 10).
This week, the town will hold a joint workshop session with El Valley de Los Ranchos Water & Sanitation District to discuss the town's plans to run water and sewer to the airport. The county board of commissioners will discuss extraterritorial zoning (ETZ) and the MOU with the town concerning the proposed airport annexation.
A civil rights bill that has sparked fears of financial calamity from local governments across New Mexico and ensnared the top-ranking Democrat in the state House of Representatives in an ethics complaint narrowly cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 5-4 vote late Wednesday.
Nearly two years ago, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham formed a cannabis legalization work group, tasked with researching how other states were faring with legalizing recreational marijuana.
At the time, she said she wanted New Mexico to have a legal cannabis program that would be the "envy" of the country.
Her idea gained momentum, but efforts to legalize cannabis failed in last year's legislative session.
This year, leading lawmakers said they were confident it would happen this time around. But with less than two weeks left in the 60-day legislative session, legislators have not quite come to an agreement on which cannabis bill is worth betting on.
A longtime push to boost early childhood programs with funding from the state's multibillion-dollar Land Grant Permanent Fund got one step closer Friday to its first vote on the Senate floor after years of stalling in Senate committees.
Don't fence me in, Part II: The chain-link fence around the state Capitol continues to divide Republicans and Democrats inside the building. The latest dust-up happened near the end of Friday's Senate floor session. It started when Sen. Bill Sharer, R-Farmington — who has continued to question the need for the fence — joked it was "too bad we're not chickens because then we would be free-range." In an orchestrated move, Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho, then sang the first verse of "Don't Fence Me In," with Sharer. But Sen. Harold Pope Jr., D-Albuquerque, didn't find the hijinks funny. "As a retired Air Force officer, I've dealt with this living on a compound in the Middle East for a year, and I don't like the fact that we're driving in and we have that fence," he said. "But it's a reality. Threats have been made to state capitols. … This is serious. This isn't joking around."
Legislation that aims to shift New Mexico and its counties away from reliance on private detention center operators has inched forward, but the outlook for such measures is unclear as lawmakers head into the final two weeks of the 2021 session.
Days remaining in session: 19
Back on the floor: The Senate passed five bills Monday during a 5½-hour floor session filled with plenty of debate and a dose of drama when Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, asked for a call of the Senate — a procedural move that requires every member to be in the chamber.