Transparency Bills A Casualty In NM Legislative Session - The Associated Press
Open government advocates say it wasn't a good legislative session for boosting transparency as lobbying disclosure and campaign finance bills failed.
Of about a dozen bills — from requiring independent groups to disclose campaign donations to a two-year break for legislators who turn lobbyist — only a couple of measures made it to Gov. Susana Martinez's desk.
Report: Feds To Exceed Costs For Cleaning Up Nuke Waste – The Associated Press
A government watchdog says work to clean up radioactive waste at one of the federal government's premier nuclear laboratories is costing more than expected.
The Government Accountability Office says by the end of the last fiscal year, the National Nuclear Security Administration spent about $931 million to remove contaminated equipment and soil from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
That's $202 million more than the agency's 2006 estimate.
NM Legislature Rips Through Bills; Wrangling Capital Outlay – The Associated Press
State lawmakers continue putting finishing touches on dozens of bills as the 52nd New Mexico Legislature's first session heads for the history books.
Among bills lawmakers sent to Gov. Susana Martinez for consideration Friday was a massive $6.2 billion budget. It includes pay raises for new teachers and state police. It also boosts spending for education, the state's child welfare agency, public safety, tourism and economic development.
Budget, Gambling Compact Pending In New Mexico House - The Associated Press
The fate of a proposed $6.2 billion spending plan that would fund public schools and other government services during the next fiscal year is still unsettled as the New Mexico Legislature approaches adjournment.
Also pending is approval of hundreds of millions of dollars in capital outlay projects and a gambling compact that would clear the way for a handful of American Indian tribes to keep their casinos open.
NM Senate Approves A $6.2 Billion Budget Bill - The Associated Press
The New Mexico Senate has approved a $6.2 billion spending proposal for the next fiscal year.
Senators Monday night took up a budget bill largely unchanged from what the House approved last month.
The spending plan includes pay raises for new teachers and state police officers. Most department budgets remain flat, but education, the state's child welfare agency and tourism department get more money.
Groups Sue Feds Over Drilling In Northwest New Mexico - The Associated Press
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government over the approval of oil and gas drilling permits in northwestern New Mexico.
The groups filed their lawsuit Wednesday as they prepared to rally at the State Capitol. They contend that more development and hydraulic fracturing could harm the environment and sites such as the Chaco Culture National Historical Park.
The suit names the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Interior Department.
NM Senate Panel Votes No On Right-To-Work Bill - The Associated Press and Albuquerque Journal
A Senate panel has stopped the advance of a right-to-work bill that has drawn scores of people to the State Capitol for hours of hearings.
The Public Affairs Committee voted 5-3 yesterday to block a bill that prohibits requiring workers to join a union or to pay dues as a condition of employment and includes a 50-cent-per-hour minimum wage increase.
New Mexico Releases Details Of Child Vaccine Exemptions - The Associated Press
New Mexico health officials have released the number of vaccine exemptions per school district for 2014, and Quemado tops the list.
The sparsely-populated district in western New Mexico has the highest rate of exemptions per 1,000 students at 40.3. The Santa Fe district has a rate of nearly 21, while the state's largest district in Albuquerque stands at 7.2.
Scientists Outline Research Wish List For Nuclear Energy – The Associated Press
Engineers and researchers from national laboratories and universities around the country are trying to narrow the list of critical research problems the nation needs to address when it comes to nuclear energy.
The group gathered at the University of New Mexico is expected to detail its findings Thursday.
The group includes representatives from UNM, Colorado State University, Texas A&M and Sandia and Los Alamos national labs.