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A sweeping liquor license reform bill is on its way to the Senate floor after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 5-4 to move it forward Wednesday.
But the committee approved a number of amendments that changed some aspects of the bill.
He's none too happy with a proposed 2 percent excise tax the state could impose on alcohol sales as part of a sweeping liquor law reform bill.
It became part of a larger effort — what several lawmakers called a "Herculean" task — to modify the state's liquor license laws, which last underwent a major change in 1981.
Quote of the Day: "Not everybody can be part of the bow tie elites, but we just do what we can to keep it at a high-class level in the New Mexico Senate." — Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, responding to Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, who jokingly questioned whether a bow tie, which Pirtle was wearing Monday, could pass for a tie at the state Capitol, like a bolo can.
The controversial proposed 49-lot Camino Fiesta subdivision in Taos faces yet another setback as the engineer who conducted the traffic study for the development was not licensed at the time. The state is investigating and potentially could require a new traffic study. The would-be development next to the Not Forgotten Outreach farm and across from Cid's Food Market has created public outcry since its introduction, and this is the latest stumbling block.
The vast majority of people who hope to hunt a bighorn sheep never will. The odds of winning a license in a draw in the Western states that have bighorn sheep are less than 1 in 100, in many cases far less.
But in some cases, the odds can be overcome by the highest bidder. And that money, often more than $100,000 per auction tag, has accelerated the restoration of a species that was on the verge of collapse in New Mexico and across the continent.