Latest New Mexico state government News

Pandemic fuels business and politics for GOP nominee

Apr. 17, 2021 14:59 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican nominee for a vacant congressional seat in New Mexico is bringing an unusual perspective to the national discourse over pandemic restrictions and federal relief. Mark Moores, a state senator and co-owner with his wife of the...

'Secret prom' puts New Mexico school back on remote learning

Apr. 16, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A Las Cruces high school returned to remote learning on Friday as the school district in New Mexico's second most populous city investigates a recent off-campus “secret prom" that officials said violated state mandates intended to curb the spread of the...

New Mexico labor leader steps down as jobless claims persist

Apr. 16, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of New Mexico’s labor agency is stepping down, just as the latest jobless numbers released Friday show over-the-year losses across all major sectors as the state struggles to recover from the economic fallout prompted by the pandemic. ...

New Mexico settles retaliation lawsuit by whistleblower

Apr. 15, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico has reached a $260,000 settlement with a whistleblower who alleged retaliation by state insurance regulators after she reported that a major health care insurer was allegedly avoiding tax payments. An attorney for Shawna...

Pot producers eager to ramp up, as legalization approaches

Apr. 15, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

SANTA FE, NM. (AP) — Several medical marijuana providers on Wednesday warned of a potential cannabis shortage in late June, when the first provisions of a new law go into effect to legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico. Authorized recreational cannabis sales...

Records: New Mexico governor settles harassment allegation

Apr. 13, 2021 22:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's political committee has paid at least $62,500 to settle allegations by a former campaign employee who says he was sexually harassed by the governor, according to campaign finance filings and the governor's re-election campaign...

New Mexico governor signs bill to legalize recreational pot

Apr. 12, 2021 22:26 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation Monday legalizing recreational marijuana use within months and kicking off sales next year, making it the seventh state since November to put an end to pot prohibition. The governor, a...

Alamogordo man loses high court appeal of murder conviction

Apr. 12, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Alamogordo man serving life in prison for murder and other crimes has lost an appeal. The New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the convictions Monday of Robert “Bob” Chavez in the 2011 killing of a man whose body was later burned. ...

New Mexico governor signs $7.4B state budget, vetoes relief

Apr. 09, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Friday a $7.4 billion general fund spending plan for the coming fiscal year that boosts state funding for public education, early childhood services and more — while using her veto pen to assert sole authority over $1.6...

New Mexico governor vetoes include police oversight reforms

Apr. 09, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has vetoed a bill to overhaul oversight of police training and misconduct reviews The governor said in a veto message Friday that the bill would have changed the composition of the New Mexico Law Enforcement...