An Albuquerque lawmaker proposes lessening penalties for possession of marijuana in New Mexico.
Democratic Rep. Emily Kane, who is a firefighter, introduced a measure Thursday to impose civil penalty fines on adults convicted a first time of possessing up to four ounces of marijuana. Possible jail time would be eliminated for having up to eight ounces.
It's a petty misdemeanor currently to have up to an ounce of marijuana. That's punishable by six months in jail. It's a misdemeanor — with up to a year in jail — to possess more than an ounce and up to a half pound.
It's been 4 years since the remains of 11 women were found buried on Albuquerque's West Mesa. Most were known prostitutes and no killer has been found.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz says the West Mesa murders investigation is still active and he is optimistic that one day the case will be solved. Schultz says the department approaches working with sex workers differently now.
Homeland Security Investigations and Albuquerque police have created a new task force aimed at finding missing and abduction children.
Kevin Abar, assistant special agent in charge of HSI in New Mexico, announced Thursday that the Sexual Predator and Exploitation Enforcement Detail, or SPEED, will work as a child abduction response team in parts of New Mexico.
New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal to make it a felony for a drunken boater to kill or seriously injure someone.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Texico unanimously passed the House on Thursday with no debate.
The legislation will create crimes for intoxicated boaters similar to vehicular homicide by drunken drivers.
It's already against the law to operate a motorboat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation would make it a third-degree felony for a drunken boater to kill someone or cause "great bodily harm."
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.
Senate Bill 50 is sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Sander Rue. 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.
President Obama has made gun control one of his administrations top priorities in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. Here in New Mexico, a flurry of gun control laws have been introduced by lawmakers who say they want to reduce gun violence. Their legislative methods are quite different, though.
Stephen Halbrook says the climate around discussions of the Second Amendment has changed drastically since the early 1980s when UNM Press first published his book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right.
An Albuquerque physician accused of gross negligence in handling a third-term abortion has been exonerated by the New Mexico Medical Board. The complaint against Dr. Shelly Sella wasn't filed by the patient, but by local and national abortion opponents.
According to court documents, In May of 2011 the unnamed patient was referred to Dr. Shelly Sella at Southwestern Women's Options Clinic by her doctors in New York, when she learned her nearly nine-month old fetus had severe brain and skull defects.
A dozen activists showed up at the Wal-Mart store on Carlisle today with a giant inflatable pig, protesting the store’s involvement with suppliers who they say mistreat pigs. The protest is just one of many targeting the nation’s largest employer, and comes just days after the National Labor Relations Board or NLRB settled a complaint lodged by the retail giant against a group of protesters.
Wed. 2/6 10a: For its spring season, the Albuquerque Civic Chorus will bring together 85 volunteer singers from the community for a pair of concerts in May and tour to England in June. The Chorus is now welcoming new members to its Tuesday night rehearsals at Albuquerque's First Christian Church. Spencer Beckwith speaks with the Music Director of the Chorus, Dr. Gary Wayne Pyland.
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. Officials say that the Feds could penalize the state close to 43 million dollars unless New Mexico is granted a waiver by the USDE.
The State needs the waivers because it slashed its portion of special education spending below the amount required to receive federal supplemental funding in 2010 and '11.
A bill that would provide money for incomplete road construction projects is moving through committees at the Roundhouse. The measure is concurrent with a study showing New Mexico's roads and bridges are in poor condition.
In the wake of recent mass shootings, several cities and counties have started gun-by back programs, hoping to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on the streets. Last month Santa Fe held a successful buy-back weekend. Tuesday Bernalillo County Commissioners announced a no-questions asked Safe Surrender and Buyback program for February 9 and 23rd.
After just three weeks in the wild, federal wildlife managers say a male Mexican gray wolf was captured in New Mexico and removed from the wild after he failed to catch the attention of a breeding female.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the male wolf — dubbed No. 1133 — was intended as a new mate for the Bluestem pack's alpha female. His release in early January was timed to coincide with early-season breeding activities.
The Arizona pack wanted nothing to do with the male wolf, and it ended up wandering into New Mexico.
New Mexico has been awarded a $50,000 grant to help American Indian residents avoid financial and investment fraud.
Tribes in New Mexico and across the country are expected to receive cash payments in the coming months thanks to a $3.4 billion settlement with the federal government over allegations that land trust royalties were mismanaged.
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Lawmakers are considering a proposal to allow voters to decide whether New Mexico's minimum wage should be increased annually for inflation.
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.
The state's minimum wage went to $7.50 an hour in 2009. Garcia's proposal would require automatic cost-of-living increases in the wage rate.
The New Mexico Tourism Department wants the Legislature to increase its advertising budget from $2.5 million to $5 million.
According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, 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.
New Mexico medical regulators are poised to rule next week on a case involving a physician who performs late-term abortions at a private clinic in Albuquerque and is accused of gross negligence in a late-term abortion during 2011.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that an attorney for the New Mexico Medical Board maintains Dr. Shelley Sella breached the standard of practice in treating a 26-year-old New York woman who had a uterine rupture during the third day of the procedure to abort a 35-week-old fetus with severe brain abnormalities.
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.
The 3 to 2 vote broke along party lines, with Democrats voting in favor, Republicans against the proposed constitutional amendment. It's one of several legislative measures aimed at defining marriage, and sponsor Brian Egolf - a Democrat from Santa Fe - says it's a no-brainer:
Key points of the 2013 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard report that most New Mexicans live in asset poverty. In other words, they lack both financial assets, like bank accounts and homes, but also lack education and educational opportunities.
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.
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.