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New Mexico Democratic Senate Majority Whip Mimi Stewart, left, and Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, speak before a committee meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the New Mexico Statehouse 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)

New Mexico state Senate approves 8% spending increase

Feb. 19, 2020 8:34 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democrat-led Legislature is haggling over annual spending priorities while racing to lock in significant policy initiatives on public safety, education funding, tobacco regulation, and incentives for infrastructure investments, as a 30-day annual legislative session winds...

Flags ordered at half-staff for fallen New Mexico soldier

Feb. 19, 2020 5:34 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of a New Mexico soldier who was killed in eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. Department of Defense identified Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez of Las Cruces as one of two servicemen who died during a combat...

Effort to revamp utility regulation stalls in Senate

Feb. 18, 2020 10:35 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal that would reshape the administrative structure of a powerful regulatory panel that oversees New Mexico utilities and other businesses was derailed in the Senate on Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about maintaining the separation of powers between...

New Mexico House opts to limit trafficking of wildlife parts

Feb. 18, 2020 7:03 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers have approved legislation that establishes penalties for people who knowingly buy or sell endangered wildlife parts and products. The measure won final legislative approval Tuesday with a 42-22 vote in the House and now goes to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for her...

New Mexico state senators back tuition-free college plan

Feb. 18, 2020 6:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Revisions to New Mexico's budget plan released Tuesday would set aside money for the governor's tuition-free college initiative and dial back average teacher raises to 4% instead of 5% as originally proposed. The Senate's spending measure increases general fund spending by $536...

New Mexico OK's trust fund for early childhood initiatives

Feb. 18, 2020 5:12 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation that she says will clear the way for a monumental investment in the health, education and well-being of the state's youngest children. The creation of the early childhood trust fund was among the Democratic governor's top...

Deming schools superintendent named as NMSU regent

Feb. 18, 2020 10:11 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Deming school administrator is New Mexico State University's newest regent. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Arsenio Romero, the Deming Public Schools Superintendent, was confirmed Monday for an open seat on NMSU's governing Board of Regents. Senators at the state Capitol...

FILE - In a Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez participates in a panel discussion during the Republican Governors Association annual conference in Las Vegas. State and local prosecutors are reviewing the results of a special audit about secretive financial settlements under the past administration of Martinez that were used to resolve human rights complaints and other legal claims against public officials. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens, File)

Legislature approves reforms involving state settlements

Feb. 17, 2020 10:59 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is moving toward easing restrictions on the release of information on financial settlements involving state officials and payouts to whistleblowers. A bill was on its way to the governor's desk Monday that would eliminate a 180-day waiting period for the disclosure of...

FILE - In this June 11,l 2019 file photo Marijuana equipment lines along a window at the Minerva medical cannabis dispensary in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico would legalize recreational marijuana sales without exceptions for dissenting cities and counties under a rebooted proposal form legislators that emphasizes small business opportunities and ready access to pot for 80,000 current medical cannabis patients. Legalization for the first time enjoys the full throttled support of second-year Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who set up a volunteer commission last year to vet health and public safety concerns about recreational cannabis and on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, pitched the benefits of the pot economy to a gathering business leaders. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico backtracks on cannabis cards for nonresidents

Feb. 17, 2020 10:58 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has moved to phase out medical cannabis cards for nonresidents starting at mid-year, under a bill approved by the Legislature on Monday and supported by the governor. More than 600 people from Texas, Arizona and beyond have enrolled as patients in New Mexico's medical...

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New Mexico public pension reform passes in state House

Feb. 17, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House on Monday approved a proposal aimed at shoring up New Mexico's overextended pension fund for about 110,000 state and local government workers and retirees. House members voted 40-28 to send the bill back to the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Senate passed a...