State Sued Over Developmentally Disabled Services - The Associated Press
Family members and legal guardians of developmentally disabled New Mexicans have sued Gov. Susana Martinez's administration over cuts in services.
A lawsuit was filed in federal court Wednesday to restore the services lost by individuals and stop the administration from continuing with changes implemented this year to control costs in a Medicaid-funded program serving about 4,000 people.
According to a spokesperson from Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, a 14 year old boy and a 13 year old girl were transported by ambulance from the scene of the Berrendo Middle School shooting to the hospital. Both patients were stabilized and transferred to the University Medical Center in Lubbock, Texas. A spokesperson from the facility has confirmed that the girl is in serious condition and the boy is in critical condition.
Valencia County Commisoners Vote Down Abortion Ban- The Albuquerque Journal
Last night a proposal to ban late-term abortions in Valencia County was rejected by County Commissioners in a 3-2 vote.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, Chairman Charles Eaton said he had a hard time supporting a measure that was “largely symbolic” since at the moment there are no abortion providers in Valencia County, be it late-term or otherwise.
Governor Susana Martinez To Release Budget Proposals -The Associated Press
Gov. Susana Martinez is gearing up for the Legislature by preparing to unveil her budget proposals to lawmakers.
The Republican governor is scheduled to release her budget recommendations Monday afternoon. The Legislature convenes Jan. 21 for a 30-day session that's limited mostly to budget, tax and other issues placed on the agenda by the governor.
New Mexico National Refuge To Expand - The Associated Press
The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge on Albuquerque's southern edge is growing thanks to the purchase of 57 acres.
The $1.1 million purchase was announced this week by Bernalillo County Commissioner Art de la Cruz and state Sen. Michael Padilla. They also say development of a master plan for the refuge and visitors' center is underway.
The state Legislature approved the funding for the purchase during its last session.
Friday Hearing Set On Horse Slaughter - The Associated Press
A Friday court hearing is set on the latest effort to stop a Roswell plant from resuming domestic horse slaughter.
State District Judge Matthew Wilson in Santa Fe will hear New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's request for a temporary restraining order to block Valley Meat Co. from opening its doors in the coming days.
King's suit says Valley Meat stands to violate state laws related to food safety, water quality and unfair business practices.
New Mexico Lawmaker Aims To Confront Truancy Problem - The Associated Press
A state lawmaker has proposed taking away the driver's licenses of New Mexico students who habitually play hookey from school.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Senator Craig Brandt wants to give school authorities the ability to work with the Motor Vehicle Division to deny or suspend licenses of students who have a pattern of truancy, poor grades and are at risk of dropping out.
Court Asked To Mull NM's Teacher Evaluation Plan - Associated Press
Teachers unions and some state lawmakers who are opposed to the New Mexico Public Education Department's teacher evaluation system are asking the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its contention that the program is invalid because it violates state laws.
The reconsideration request comes after a state District Court judge last month refused to block Gov. Susana Martinez's administration from continuing to implement a new system for evaluating teachers.
Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed spending $9.5 million on two high-tech research and development initiatives.
The governor says the aim is to attract top faculty members to New Mexico's colleges and universities and to fund innovative projects that have the potential to contribute to the state's economic growth.
Martinez unveiled her proposals during visits Thursday to the University of New Mexico and New Mexico Tech.
New Mexico's highest court legalized same-sex marriage today, unanimously declaring it unconstitutional to deny a marriage license to gay and lesbian couples.
New Mexico joins 16 states and the District of Columbia in allowing gay marriage.
"The important thing is," said Peter Simonson, the Executive Director of the ACLU-New Mexico, "from this moment on, right now, same-sex couples can walk into any County Clerk's Office in the state of New Mexico and be sure that they will be married. That's their choice."
Report Critical Of NM Mental Health Audit Response - Associated Press and The Santa Fe New Mexican
A legislative report is critical of New Mexico's handling of a shakeup of mental health services in which Medicaid to numerous providers were frozen as a result of an audit that reportedly found possible overbillings and fraud.