Latest New Mexico State Legislature News

New Mexico lawmakers seek greater spending, voter access

Jan. 14, 2022 13:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Critical decisions on government spending, voting access, public education and criminal justice await New Mexico legislators for their upcoming 30-day legislative session that starts on Tuesday. New Mexico's state government has a multibillion-dollar general...

New Mexico leaders aim to put wedge in revolving crime door

Jan. 13, 2022 18:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is aiming to put a wedge in the revolving door that many have blamed for persistent violent crime and record homicides in the state’s largest city. The Democratic governor joined other elected leaders in Albuquerque...

New Mexico lawmakers, governor seek $1B spending increase

Jan. 06, 2022 20:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor and leading state legislators on Thursday proposed a $1 billion increase in general fund spending for the coming fiscal year — a roughly 14% boost aimed at shoring up access to health care, improving public education and providing new investments in...

Hispanic Republican legislator retires in New Mexico House

Dec. 31, 2021 13:14 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican state Rep. Alonzo Baldonado of Los Lunas is retiring from the New Mexico Legislature after a decade of advocacy for a district in central New Mexico and socially conservative causes. A spokesman for House Republicans announced Baldonado's departure...

New Mexico governor signs state House redistricting measure

Dec. 30, 2021 13:13 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation to redraw election boundaries for seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives. The Democrat signed the measure Wednesday, calling it a “sound map that is representative and respectful of New Mexico’s...

Democratic House leaders move to dissolve land grant panel

Dec. 27, 2021 12:53 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Top Democrats in the New Mexico House have chosen to dissolve a legislative committee that deals with Hispanic land grants, traditional irrigation districts known as acequias and other local government and cultural affairs. The recent decision announced by...

New Mexico governor signs legislation on medical malpractice

Dec. 23, 2021 14:19 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed emergency legislation to tweak New Mexico's new law on medical malpractice to head off a possible loss of insurance coverage for some health care providers. Lujan Grisham's office said she signed the legislation...

Lawmakers want to study costs, benefits of public power

Dec. 22, 2021 13:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than a dozen New Mexico lawmakers are petitioning state utility regulators to study the potential costs and benefits of publicly owned electrical power for the state. The lawmakers in a petition released Tuesday said they believe public ownership of...

Tribes prevail as redistricting plans advance in New Mexico

Dec. 17, 2021 01:38 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Democrat-led New Mexico state Senate endorsed a new map for its own political boundaries Thursday that embraces recommendations from Native American communities for shoring up Indigenous voting blocs in the northwest of the state. In a 25-13 Senate floor...

New Mexico Legislature sends pandemic aid bill to governor

Dec. 16, 2021 18:39 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A spending bill is on it's way to the governor of New Mexico that would allocate $478 million in federal pandemic aid toward highways, internet infrastructure, tourism ads, hospital construction and more. The state House on Thursday approved final changes from...