- Any big news on Tuesday?
I don’t think so.
- Oh yeah, the Senate passed some sort of budget. The $6.2 billion budget unanimously cleared the Senate and now heads to the House.
- The House was in the loop on the behind-the-scenes negotiations, which means it may have a good chance at passing.
Took Senators hours of debate and discussion behind closed doors with gov's office and House to get to this "compromise" budget #nmleg
— Alana Grimstad (@alanagsfKOAT) February 19, 2014
- The Senate also confirmed the nomination of Ryan Flynn to head the state Environment Department. There was criticism of the way the state Copper Rule was approved.
- Capitol Report New Mexico has video reaction.
- The House of Representatives passed a Gaming Compact with the Navajo Nation. The Senate has to pass it and then it goes to the Department of the Interior.
- The House Voters and Elections Committee advanced a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage. It now heads to the House floor and an uncertain fate.
- One argument that was made by a Republican opponent against the minimum wage increase was, well, not true. It was regarding the Santa Fe New Mexican.
Rehm said soon after the wage law was implemented, the paper opened its printing plant south of the city limits. This, he claimed, was to avoid paying workers the wage imposed by the City Council.
But that’s “absolutely not true,” New Mexican publisher Ginny Sohn said Tuesday. “We pay everyone at New Mexican Plaza the living wage or better, despite the fact that we are in the county and we’re not required to. We did it because it is the right thing to do.”
- A bill to ban texting while driving is headed to the governor.
- The Senate passed a bill to reform the water board.
- Workers for the City of Santa Fe will get a 50 cent raise after negotiations between the city and the union.
- Lobbyists for a state dental association gave legislators some gifts that would help their oral health.
- A Colorado legislator has foolishly challenged New Mexico legislators to a green chile cookoff.
- Legislators who are missing the legislative session due to health problems still get their per diems.
House Speaker Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, defended the per diem payments to Archuleta and Chavez and said he does not believe they should be required to repay the state.
“The Speaker does feel it is appropriate to pay out per diem checks because the Representatives have introduced legislation and are closely monitoring their bills,” Martinez’s spokeswoman, Carla Aragon, said in an email. “They also have submitted capital outlay requests and they are still working to address the needs of their constituents.”
- The House passed “Omaree’s Law” which would require CYFD to take children where there were reports of abuse and injuries of abuse pending a court hearing in up to 48 hours.
- There isn’t enough medical marijuana to fulfill the needs of those on the medical marijuana program.
- The school board in Santa Fe approved a property tax hike to pay for tech upgrades.
- Michael Corwin wrote a piece in Politico about his time as a private investigator for politicians.
“Oppo” may be a dirty word in politics but trust me: We investigators aren’t the dirty ones–and the reality is, documents are where you really strike gold. I’ve worked on more than 170 campaigns at every level—mayoral, state legislative, gubernatorial, congressional and presidential—and you wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve found spelled out in the public record, where anyone could unearth them. Like court records and newspaper archives. I also learn a lot just by talking to people who know the candidate. Basically, opposition research is a little like catching a fish—lots of tedium, but when you realize you’re onto something it’s the same flash of excitement and adrenaline as when you feel that first firm tug on the line.
Corwin was Public Enemy Number One among Republicans for running Independent Source PAC.
- Some small businesses in Portales are opposed to a minimum wage hike.
- WIPP is waiting for analysis on radiation that was detected earlier this week.
- San Juan County tabled a vote to serve as the fiscal agent for the Shiprock Chapter.
- The contract with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office for COPS gives him the right of refusal.
- New Mexico Mercury looks at Common Core and how there is criticism from both the political left and right.
- White Sands may have lost more than $10,000 in the monument’s closing due to a drone crash.
At three dollars per person over 16 years, the monument could have lost out on about $11,300 in revenue, although Burghart said that number would not include people with passes or those who purchased pass at the monument.
- The State Land Office hired a new staff manager.
- A cigar shop owner in Albuquerque installed the country’s first bitcoin ATM.
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