Latest New Mexico State Legislature News

New Mexico Legislature passes $330 million virus relief bill

Nov. 24, 2020 9:35 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers on Tuesday passed a bipartisan coronavirus relief bill that will deliver a one-time $1,200 check to all types of unemployed workers and up to $50,000 for certain businesses. The bill also provides smaller stimulus checks to immigrants without legal status in the...

New Mexico governor calls for $1,200 payment to unemployed

Nov. 23, 2020 7:27 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor is calling for $1,200 cash payments to workers who have qualified for unemployment since the pandemic began. New Mexico lawmakers were drafting legislation Monday aimed at providing about $300 million in direct economic aid for the unemployed, small businesses...

New Mexico statehouse staff talk during a break on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the New Mexico Rotunda in Santa Fe, N.M. State lawmakers are racing through the final days of a 30-day Legislative session, which ends Thursday. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Republicans shake up state Senate leadership in New Mexico

Nov. 18, 2020 2:25 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new leader has emerged atop the Republican minority contingent in the New Mexico state Senate. In a caucus meeting Tuesday, Sen. Gregory Baca of Belen was chosen as Republican minority leader. The leadership slot previously was held by Sen. Stuart Ingle of Portales. An attorney and...

Grandfather Tony Gerlicz walks to a line to get a COVID-19 test at the Public Health Department testing site in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Gerlicz said he's getting tested for the disease ahead of a trip to California to visit with his grandchildren. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico legislators says virus shouldn't delay their work

Nov. 16, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading Democratic lawmakers pressed forward Monday with efforts to hold a legislative session in January 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic intensifies and members of a legislative committee were warned of possible exposure to COVID-19 from an individual who tested positive after...

New Mexico legislator shares her story of COVID-19 battle

Nov. 15, 2020 12:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — About two weeks ago, Dayan Hochman-Vigil found her husband, Charles, blue from lack of oxygen. He’s been in the hospital ever since, including a 12-day stint in intensive care. Hochman-Vigil, a lawyer and state representative from Albuquerque, told the Albuquerque Journal that...

Grandfather Tony Gerlicz walks to a line to get a COVID-19 test at the Public Health Department testing site in Santa Fe, N.M., on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Gerlicz said he's getting tested for the disease ahead of a trip to California to visit with his grandchildren. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

New Mexico governor hopes 'pause' will blunt virus surge

Nov. 13, 2020 7:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — People are being asked to stay home and gyms, salons, golf courses and other nonessential businesses will have to close for two weeks under public health restrictions reimposed Friday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. The Democratic governor...

A maintenance worker power-washes the state seal at an entrance of the capitol building on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The building has been closed to the public since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Legislative meetings and gubernatorial addresses are broadcast online. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Democrat says redistricting process will be fair, open

Nov. 6, 2020 11:50 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top-ranked Democrat offered assurances Friday that legislative districts will be redrawn in a “fair, open, and transparent process” as the Legislature initiates the redistricting process, responding to criticism of earlier remarks. New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf,...

A maintenance worker power-washes the state seal at an entrance of the capitol building on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The building has been closed to the public since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Legislative meetings and gubernatorial addresses are broadcast online. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Legislature may meet in convention center amid pandemic

Nov. 6, 2020 8:47 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are grappling with the public health risks of convening their next session in January amid surging statewide rates of coronavirus infections and deaths. A panel of leading legislators on Friday unveiled a proposal to move committee meetings to the downtown Santa...

Harold Pope Jr. poses for a selfie in his Albuquerque, N.M., home Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020. A retired Air Force officer from Albuquerque will become the first Black state senator in New Mexico’s 108-year history. In his first attempt at elected office, Democrat and Capt. Harold Pope Jr. (Ret) unseated Republican Senator Sander Rue, who is white, and held the suburban district since 2009. (Harold Pope Jr. via AP)

First Black state senator is progressive Air Force veteran

Nov. 5, 2020 7:01 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired Air Force officer from Albuquerque will become the first Black state senator in New Mexico’s 108-year history. In his first attempt at elected office, Democrat and retired Capt. Harold Pope Jr. unseated Republican Sen. Sander Rue, who is white, and held the suburban...

FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, listens to reporters in his Santa Fe, N.M. office. One of the architects of the Democrats' progressive push in New Mexico has his sights on solidifying the party's power and transforming the only conservative-leaning congressional district in the state. Speaker Egolf said Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, after Republicans won the 2nd Congressional District that its boundaries will be redrawn as part of a redistricting process that will be guided by super majorities in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

Top Democrat says district will be redrawn after GOP win

Nov. 5, 2020 3:45 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after Republicans won back New Mexico's only conservative-leaning congressional district, a top state Democrat said its boundaries will be redrawn in redistricting that will be guided by super majorities in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. New Mexico House Speaker Brian...