2013 Legislative Coverage http://kunm.org en NM Budget Signed With Pay Raise For State Workers http://kunm.org/post/nm-budget-signed-pay-raise-state-workers <p></p><p class="p1">Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a nearly $5.9 billion state budget and agreed to a provision that will increase pay for state workers and educators for the first time since 2008.</p><p class="p1">The governor faced a Friday deadline for signing and vetoing bills passed by the Legislature.</p><p class="p1">Martinez also signed a measure to revamp the pension program for nearly 90,000 state and local government workers and retirees. Cost-of-living adjustments will be lowered under the new law.</p> Sat, 06 Apr 2013 15:49:35 +0000 The Associated Press 27409 at http://kunm.org Roundhouse Report 2013 http://kunm.org/post/roundhouse-report-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>KUNM Call In Show Thu. 3/21 8a: Governor Susana Martinez says she'll sign the budget bill passed by lawmakers in a last minute deal right before the 2013 60-day session adjourned. She vetoed then signed the "Breaking Bad" bill that increases tax incentives for TV shows to produce in New Mexico. What else went down this session? We'll take your calls and comments! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.&nbsp;</p><p>277-5866 (locally in Albuquerque)</p><p>877-899-5866 (toll-free)</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 14:45:16 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 26533 at http://kunm.org Roundhouse Report 2013 Students Lobby Lawmaker On Oil And Gas Bills http://kunm.org/post/students-lobby-lawmaker-oil-and-gas-bills <p></p><p>With less than two weeks left in this Legislative session, lobbyists and citizens are flocking to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe for a chance to speak to lawmakers about issues they care about. KUNM's Deborah Martinez reports on how that process plays out in the hallways.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:03:54 +0000 Deborah Martinez 26039 at http://kunm.org Lawmakers Eye New Poll On Marijuana Laws http://kunm.org/post/lawmakers-eye-new-poll-marijuana-laws <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Several bills aimed at reducing penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana are scheduled for hearings this week in Santa Fe. &nbsp;Advocates are using a new poll to illustrate that a majority of New&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mexicans favor the idea. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 15:33:27 +0000 Deborah Martinez 25644 at http://kunm.org Lawmakers Eye New Poll On Marijuana Laws RETA Bill Makes It Through NM House http://kunm.org/post/reta-bill-makes-it-through-nm-house <P>The House of Representatives today approved a bill that establishes a fund to expand the state's development of solar and wind power.&nbsp;</P> <P>House Bill 242 would provide general fund money to the quasi-government agency known as the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority, or RETA.&nbsp; Sponsor Bill McCamley is a freshman Democrat from Doña Ana County:</P> <P>"We are capable of producing a lot more power, we are capable of doing more in wind and solar in this state, which would be very good for our economy and very good for our environment.&nbsp; We just don't have those Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:18:30 +0000 Deborah Martinez 26773 at http://kunm.org Senate Confirms Finance Authority Board Members http://kunm.org/post/senate-confirms-finance-authority-board-members <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The Senate has confirmed two board members of the New Mexico Finance Authority, which was entangled in a scandal last year over a fake audit.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">Clovis businessman Blake Curtis was unanimously confirmed and Albuquerque lawyer Nann Winter won confirmation on a 34-3 vote in the Senate on Monday.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">Curtis is a former state legislator. Winter serves as the authority's board chairwoman.</span></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:17:20 +0000 The Associated Press 25264 at http://kunm.org Slew Of Animal Protection Bills Pending http://kunm.org/post/slew-animal-protection-bills-pending <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">New Mexico lawmakers this session are considering more than two dozen animal protection bills that propose everything from raising money for starving horses to increasing penalties for neglecting pets and continuing oversight of government-run shelters.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">Animal rights advocates say the number of bills aimed at helping animals is higher than usual this year.</span></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:13:52 +0000 The Associated Press 25262 at http://kunm.org House OKs Tougher Penalties For Human Trafficking http://kunm.org/post/house-oks-tougher-penalties-human-trafficking <div><p>SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal advocated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to increase penalties for human trafficking is heading to the Senate for consideration.</p><p>The measure would make it a first-degree felony for human trafficking if the victim was under the age of 16. Convictions could carry a basic sentence of 18 years in prison. That doubles the penalty because the crime is currently a lesser felony.</p><p>The proposal would triple the basic penalty — to nine years in prison — for human trafficking if the victim was 16 years or older.</p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 19:28:25 +0000 Associated Press 25228 at http://kunm.org Waivers On School Class Sizes Now Poised To Expire http://kunm.org/post/waivers-school-class-sizes-now-poised-expire <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">Temporary relief provided by the state during the Great Recession enabled school districts across New Mexico to increase class sizes as a way to cope with reduced education funding from the state.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">That relief is about to end unless it is extended by the Legislature, and that could mean additional costs for districts even as the state is restoring some funding.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:42:09 +0000 The Albuquerque Journal 24955 at http://kunm.org Lawmakers, Governor At Odds Over Revenue Outlook http://kunm.org/post/lawmakers-governor-odds-over-revenue-outlook <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The Democratic-controlled Legislature and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration are at odds over the state's revenue outlook.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The Department of Finance and Administration reported Monday there's no reason to change the most recent revenue forecast calling for the state to have about $283 million available for budget increases and to offset any tax cuts in the next fiscal year.</span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:39:17 +0000 The Associated Press 24954 at http://kunm.org Compromise Gun Background Check Bill Could Reach House Floor This Week http://kunm.org/post/compromise-gun-background-check-bill-could-reach-house-floor-week <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">The momentum is picking up for legislation that would tighten background checks on gun sales, and it could be brought to the floor of the House this week. &nbsp;The compromise bill has some Republican lawmakers' and the governor's support.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px; ">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:52:01 +0000 Deborah Martinez 24936 at http://kunm.org Bill Would Allow Voters To Update Their Registration Information On-line http://kunm.org/post/bill-would-allow-voters-update-their-registration-information-line <p><span class="byline" style="font-style: italic; font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">Andy Lyman, NM News Network<br>Santa Fe, Feb 08, 2013</span><br style="font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: normal; "><img align="left" src="http://www.nmnn.net/logos/nmba.jpg" style="font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif; line-height: normal; "></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 23:30:23 +0000 Andy Lyman 24830 at http://kunm.org House OKs Bill To Crack Down On Drunken Boaters http://kunm.org/post/house-oks-bill-crack-down-drunken-boaters <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal to make it a felony for a drunken boater to kill or seriously injure someone.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The proposal by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Texico unanimously passed the House on Thursday with no debate.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The legislation will create crimes for intoxicated boaters similar to vehicular homicide by drunken drivers.</span></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:45:33 +0000 The Associated Press 24796 at http://kunm.org GOP Senator Introduces Bill To Help Homeless http://kunm.org/post/gop-senator-introduces-bill-help-homeless <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">New Mexico's homeless programs that help people get a fresh start could get a funding boost if a legislative bill wins approval in Santa Fe.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px; ">Senate Bill 50 is sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Sander Rue.&nbsp; He says as a member of the Mortgage Finance Authority interim committee, he wanted to do something to help homeless people and families hit hard by the recession.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:13:35 +0000 Deborah Martinez 24791 at http://kunm.org GOP Senator Introduces Bill To Help Homeless 2nd Amendment And Gun Control http://kunm.org/post/2nd-amendment-and-gun-control <p></p><p>President Obama has made gun control one of his administrations top priorities in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.&nbsp; Here in New Mexico, a flurry of gun control laws have been introduced by lawmakers who say they want to reduce gun violence.&nbsp; Their legislative methods are quite different, though. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:33:37 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 24746 at http://kunm.org State Counting On Federal Mercy To Restore Special Ed Funds http://kunm.org/post/state-counting-federal-mercy-restore-special-ed-funds <p><span style="font-size: 21px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">New Mexico's congressional delegation has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education hoping to avoid a punitive reduction in Special Education funds to the state. &nbsp;Officials say that the Feds could penalize the state close to 43 million dollars unless New Mexico is granted a waiver by the </span>USDE<span style="font-size: 21px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; ">.</span></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:09:57 +0000 24674 at http://kunm.org State Counting On Federal Mercy To Restore Special Ed Funds Road Work Ahead, If New Proposal Passes http://kunm.org/post/road-work-ahead-if-new-proposal-passes <p><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">A bill that would provide money for incomplete road construction projects is moving through committees at the Roundhouse. &nbsp;T</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica; line-height: normal; ">he measure is concurrent with a study showing New Mexico's roads and bridges are in poor condition.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; min-height: 17px; ">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:52:11 +0000 Deborah Martinez 24664 at http://kunm.org Road Work Ahead, If New Proposal Passes House Rejects Study Of Horse Slaughter Plant http://kunm.org/post/house-rejects-study-horse-slaughter-plant <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">New Mexico lawmakers have rejected a proposal to study the feasibility of allowing plants to slaughter horses for food.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The measure sparked a lengthy debate Monday in the House, which voted 36-28 against the measure to have a study by the state Department of Agriculture.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">A Roswell meat company has proposed resuming horse slaughtering and sued the federal government last year over inaction on its application.</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:34:22 +0000 The Associated Press 24620 at http://kunm.org Martinez Pushes For Exemptions For Military Pensions http://kunm.org/post/martinez-pushes-exemptions-military-pensions <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">Gov. Susana Martinez is urging New Mexico lawmakers to pass legislation that will provide a 25 percent exemption on military pensions beginning in 2014, phasing into a 100 percent exemption by 2017.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">A similar proposal last year didn't make it out of the state Legislature.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">Martinez made the latest request Monday while visiting the Albuquerque Veterans' Memorial.</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:32:09 +0000 The Associated Press 24618 at http://kunm.org Democrats propose pay equity measure in New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/democrats-propose-pay-equity-measure-new-mexico <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;"><span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation they say will expand protections against wage discrimination based on gender.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">Rep. Brian Egolf, a Santa Fe Democrat, said Monday the proposal is modeled after a 2009 federal pay equity law.</span></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 13:27:10 +0000 The Associated Press 24616 at http://kunm.org Democrats propose pay equity measure in New Mexico Gun Control In The Wild Wild West http://kunm.org/post/gun-control-wild-wild-west <p>KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/7 8a: How will gun buyer background check legislation fare in the state legislature? What does this mean for 2nd&nbsp;Amendment rights and public safety in New Mexico? &nbsp;We'll discuss the proposal's progress and get reactions. &nbsp;We'd like to hear from you. &nbsp;Email callinshow@kunm.org, <a href="http://www.kunm.org/post/gun-control-wild-wild-west">post your comments online</a>, or call in live during the show.&nbsp;</p><p>Guests:</p><ul><li>Julie Ann Grimm, Santa Fe New Mexican</li><li>Debbie O'Malley, Bernalillo County Commissioner</li></ul><p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:33:11 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 24581 at http://kunm.org Gun Control In The Wild Wild West Proposal Lets Voters Decide Minimum Wage Increase http://kunm.org/post/proposal-lets-voters-decide-minimum-wage-increase <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">&nbsp;Lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow voters to decide whether New Mexico's minimum wage should be increased annually for inflation.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The House Labor and Human Resources Committee has scheduled a hearing Tuesday on the proposed constitutional amendment. The measure is sponsored by the committee's chairman, Democratic Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque.</span></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:31:59 +0000 The Associated Press 24563 at http://kunm.org NM Tourism Department Wants To Double Ad Budget http://kunm.org/post/nm-tourism-department-wants-double-ad-budget <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The New Mexico Tourism Department wants the Legislature to increase its advertising budget from $2.5 million to $5 million.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;"><a href="http://bit.ly/12kBA7a">According to the Santa Fe New Mexican,</a>&nbsp;Department Secretary Monique Jacobson as saying that doubling the ad budget would let the agency to carry its "New Mexico True" marketing campaign to Chicago and California and launch a more robust promotion of the state's fall and winter attractions.</span></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:29:08 +0000 The Santa Fe New Mexican 24562 at http://kunm.org Gay Marriage Ballot Proposals Pass House Committees http://kunm.org/post/gay-marriage-ballot-proposals-pass-house-committees <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Helvetica; ">Lawmakers on the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee have approved a resolution that would let voters decide if same-sex marriage should be legal in New Mexico. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:29:46 +0000 Deborah Martinez 24556 at http://kunm.org Gay Marriage Ballot Proposals Pass House Committees Bill Would Ban Employers From Asking Applicants For Online Passwords http://kunm.org/post/bill-would-ban-employers-asking-applicants-online-passwords <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Employers who want their prospective employees Facebook passwords will not longer have the option if a bill introduced into the Senate this past week becomes law.</font></p><p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">To sponsor the bill, Senator Jacob Candelaria, a Democrat aims to protect privacy for New Mexicans. The bill would make it illegal for bosses to ask for potential employee’s password to their protected online accounts such as their Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. </font></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:10:51 +0000 Sara Montoya 24496 at http://kunm.org Bill Would Ban Employers From Asking Applicants For Online Passwords