Latest New Mexico State Legislature News

Liberal New Mexico lawmaker facing challenge from ex-aide

Nov. 17, 2019 11:09 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, one of the most liberal lawmakers in New Mexico, is facing a Democratic primary challenge from a former campaign worker. Edwina Cisneros recently announced she will seek to unseat Roybal Caballero from her southwest Albuquerque seat. Roybal...

Trial date postponed in drunken driving case against senator

Nov. 15, 2019 2:33 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A November trail date is being postponed for a New Mexico state senator charged with drunken driving in connection with a car crash. Court records on Friday showed that the trail date for Sen. Richard Martinez of Ojo Caliente is rescheduled for late December. Martinez has pleaded not...

New Mexico lawmakers discuss building future soccer stadium

Nov. 15, 2019 1:16 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State lawmakers have met with New Mexico United officials to talk about the possibility of building a new soccer stadium in Albuquerque. President and CEO of New Mexico United LLC Peter Trevisani and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Rael in Albuquerque discussed a potential arena with...

New Mexico sizes up potential of recreational pot market

Nov. 13, 2019 10:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A panel of legislators delved into the uncertain market economics of legalizing recreational marijuana and thorny concerns about public health on Wednesday, in a prelude to a rapid-fire legislative session that could open the doors to recreational cannabis in New Mexico. A...

GOP daughter of key Democrat to run for New Mexico Senate

Nov. 8, 2019 12:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The daughter of Democratic New Mexico Senate leader Mary Kay Papen is running for a seat in the same chamber as a Republican — and her mom isn't supporting her. Papen, who has represented Las Cruces since 2001, said Wednesday she was not in favor of her daughter's plan to run...

New Mexico agencies compete with private sector for workers

Nov. 3, 2019 10:58 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Many New Mexico lawmakers say they want to build up the state government workforce, but the vacancy rate in the state's executive branch has clung to about 22% even after pay raises and increased recruitment efforts. The Albuquerque Journal reports that state agencies are competing...

Newest government form helps determine legislative agenda

Oct. 24, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has distributed survey forms to legislators in a break with tradition as she weighs what initiatives to allow in next year's rapid-fire 30-day legislative session. Priorities ranging from gun control to marijuana legalization are vying for...

Lawmaker says compromise elusive on red-flag gun bill

Oct. 24, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A leading proponent of so-called red-flag legislation in New Mexico to restrict firearms for people perceived as threats says he has been unable to reach a comprise with sheriffs who criticize his initiative. Democratic Rep. Daymon Ely of Corrales told a panel of legislators Wednesday...

Congresswoman Haaland keeping strong money edge

Oct. 23, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland is maintaining a strong money advantage over her Democratic and Republican opponents. Federal election records show the Albuquerque Democrat saw $220,491 in net contributions from July to October. Her campaign reported having $201,489 cash on hand....

3 years later, Legislature gives ethical advice to member

Oct. 22, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It has taken three years for the New Mexico Legislature to answer a request for advice about ethical conduct by one of its members. A legislative ethics panel on Monday endorsed a six-page opinion that lawmakers can rely on to provide immunity from sanctions. It says that a lawmaker...