In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, politicians and attorneys across New Mexico speculated on what it will mean on the state level.
But Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said that acting as an attorney in private practice representing a same-sex couple wanting to get married, his law firm is going right to the state [...]
One of two pieces of legislation in the New Mexico statehouse aimed at raising the state’s minimum wage was defeated in a committee hearing Tuesday (Feb. 19), with the deciding vote came from a Democrat.
CORRECTION: An earlier post incorrectly said that House Joint Resolution 6 would raise the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. It would [...]
Public employees — including teachers — who serve in the Roundhouse can still receive the salaries from their jobs away from the legislature as well as their legislative per diem of $153 after a reform bill introduced by three Republican state reps was tabled in committee on a party-line vote on Tuesday (Jan. 31).
House Joint [...]
Going into the House Judiciary Committee meeting hearing on increasing standards for those who serve as commissioners on the Public Regulation Committee, we knew you didn’t need a college degree to serve on the PRC.
What we didn’t know was that you don’t even have to have a high school diploma.
Or have finished middle school.
Or elementary [...]
Democrats are doubling down on their own House redistricting plan — even though it looks like Gov. Susana Martinez will veto it.
On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 22), the House Voters and Elections Comittee tabled House Bill 47, a measure sponsored by Minority Floor Leader Tom Taylor (R-Farmington), that Taylor and the GOP described as the best [...]
A couple days ago, there was optimism that the Senate and the House could cobble together redistricting bills that, while far from perfect, could generate bipartisan support and possibly satisfy Gov. Susana Martinez.
But on the same day the Roundhouse buzzed with chatter about a “Grand Bargain” between the two sides, one veteran lawmaker told me [...]
A couple Republican members of the House Voters and Elections Committee on Friday (Sept. 16) accused Democrats of pulling a fast one when the committee discussed a redistricting plan for the Public Regulation Commission.
Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) and Rep. Conrad James (R-Albuquerque) complained to committee chair Mary Helen Garcia (D-Las Cruces) that a redrawn map [...]
The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office is cross-checking driver’s licenses issued to foreign nationals against the state’s voter registration rolls to see if there are any incidents of voter fraud and on Tuesday (March 15), Secretary of State Dianna Duran says early results show at least 37 instances of people without valid Social Security [...]
In no surprise, a House bill that would implement a system in which voters would have to produce identification at the polls was tabled Tuesday (March 15) by the House Voters and Elections Committee on a party line vote, 7-5.
All seven Democrats voted to table the bill — which essentially kills the measure — while [...]
A bill that aims to establish a requirement that voters show photo ID when they come to the polls was heard for about an hour and a half Saturday (March 12) but since not all members of the House Voters and Elections Committee were able to ask questions of the bill’s sponsor — Rep. Cathrynn [...]