Latest New Mexico State Legislature News

New Mexico legislator to pay $250 fine in ethics settlement

Apr. 29, 2022 14:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state representative has agreed to pay a $250 fine under a settlement with the State Ethics Commission stemming from her drunken driving arrest in February. The commission said Albuquerque Democrat Georgene Louis violated the state Governmental...

Democrats weigh additional tax cuts amid financial windfall

Apr. 28, 2022 18:31 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature's lead budget negotiator wants New Mexico lawmakers to consider greatly reducing tax rates on person income — or eliminating the tax. Democratic state Rep. Patricia Lundstrom of Gallup made the proposal in a newsletter this week distributed...

Report: Albuquerque should shrink public schools, cut jobs

Apr. 27, 2022 21:01 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's K-12 schools should cut staff and think about downsizing its footprint because of dwindling enrollment and spend more for the education of low-income students who fell further behind their peers during this school year, according to a report from the New Mexico...

New Mexico GOP tells schools to reject social studies change

Apr. 13, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is telling New Mexico school districts to defy state education rules and ignore newly overhauled K-12 social studies standards enacted by the state’s education department, calling them racially divisive. The standards were the first...

New Mexico legislature approves payments to offset inflation

Apr. 08, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Friday to provide payments of $500 to individual adults or $1,000 to households to offset increased prices for fuel and other consumer goods. Payments of $250 per individual are scheduled for June and...

New Mexico legislature approves payments to offset inflation

Apr. 06, 2022 00:43 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will provide new payments totaling $500 for individual adults or $1,000 per household to offset steep prices for fuel and raging inflation, under a bill approved by the state Legislature. A decisive 35-1 Senate vote sent the Democratic-sponsored...

Group rebuffs House inquiry into New Mexico election audit

Mar. 30, 2022 19:36 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A congressional oversight committee indicated Wednesday that the lead contractor in a partisan audit of 2020 election results in New Mexico has rebuffed requests for documents and information about door-to-door canvasing that has raised concerns of possible voter...

New Mexico lowers cap in interest rates for storefront loans

Mar. 02, 2022 14:38 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation aimed at underwriting loans to local start-up companies with taxpayer dollars and a consumer protection bill that lowers the maximum interest rate on storefront installment loans of $10,000 or less. The...

Harassment complaint against New Mexico legislator advances

Mar. 02, 2022 11:28 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney for a woman who alleges she was sexually harassed by a prominent New Mexico state legislator says an investigation by the Legislature is moving forward after an initial vetting of the complaint. Attorney Levi Monagle on Tuesday said he received...

New Mexico bill allows testing to prevent fentanyl deaths

Feb. 28, 2022 23:50 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is allowing broad access to test strips that can detect the presence of the potent opiate fentanyl and potentially help avoid deadly overdoses, under legislation signed Monday by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The bill from Democratic...