House approves bill rescinding driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, 42-28

By Rob Nikolewski on March 4, 2011

The blast worked. A bill carried by Rep. Andy Nuñez (I-Hatch) that would rescind the state’s policy allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses successfully bypassed the committee process — a rarely used parliamentary procedure called “blasting a bill” — Friday (March 4) when the House floor voted 42-28 to move the measure onto the Senate. Eight Democrats [...]

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Bill prohibiting driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants tabled on party line vote

By Rob Nikolewski on February 10, 2011

House Bill 261, which was introduced by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) was tabled on a 5-4 vote in the House Labor and Human Resources Committee, with all five Democrats voting to table the measure and all four Republicans voting against tabling, essentially killing the bill at its first legislative stop. The thrust of the bill [...]

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In wake of heat outages, New Mexico Gas faces lawmakers

By Rob Nikolewski on February 7, 2011

Representatives from New Mexico Gas Company received an expected — but not too harsh — grilling from lawmakers in the wake of the heating outages across the state that has still left between 16,000 to 18,000 customers without heat Monday (Feb. 7) . A frigid cold front that dropped temperatures across New Mexico to levels [...]

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Democrats call Governor’s executive order on immigration status “outrageous”

By Rob Nikolewski on February 3, 2011

Fifteen Democratic lawmakers called a news conference in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday (Feb. 3), protesting an executive order issued by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez rescinding a policy that prohibited state law enforcement officers from inquiring about a criminal suspect’s immigration status, with some legislators calling the order “misguided” and others calling it “outrageous.” The executive [...]

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Kintigh’s bill to eliminate NM film program tabled

By Rob Nikolewski on January 27, 2011

As expected, the House Labor and Human Resources Committee tabled a bill introduced by Rep. Dennis Kintigh (R-Roswell) that called for the elimination of the state’s film subsidy program. The vote fell along party lines, with all five Democrats on the committee voting to essentially kill the bill (HB 19) and all five Republicans voting [...]

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More on the perilous state of pensions

By Rob Nikolewski on September 23, 2010

Some 10 days ago, this website received some attention from the editorial boards and political reporters at the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal when we referred to a recent study by economists from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago claiming that 31 states will see their pension plans go belly-up within [...]

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