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THE VIEW FROM HERE

An empty start to 2021 legislative session

Today I can report that the state of our state is … to be determined. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham broke with tradition last week and skipped the state of the state address, which has always been given by the governor a couple hours after the start of each legislative session. And I’m not sure why.
2021 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE

State in better fiscal shape than many residents

It will likely take the state of New Mexico three years to recover economically from the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the state House Appropriations and Finance Committee were told last week.
THE VIEW FROM HERE

A legislative session without all the hoopla

If they get the technology right, this could be one of the most productive 60-day sessions in the history of the New Mexico Legislature. It will undoubtedly be the least ceremonious.
NEW MEXICO STATE CAPITOL

Ghostly Capitol

Normally a beehive of activity on the Opening Day of the legislative session, the New Mexico State Capitol building was quiet behind fencing and streets blocked by State Police and National Guardsmen Tuesday, Jan. 19.
NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE

GOP efforts to constrain COVID regs blocked

Two bills by Republican lawmakers seeking to give the Legislature more authority over the public health regulations implemented by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were rejected Tuesday, Feb. 2.
NEW MEXICO SENATE HEALTH AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE

Firefighter pension bill gets $30M in committee

A bill to equalize retirement pay for firefighters left the New Mexico Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee $30 million richer than when it arrived Wednesday, Feb. 3.
NEW MEXICO HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Representative Brittney Barreras resigns to focus on mental health

State Rep. Brittney Barreras, D-Bernalillo, resigned Jan. 28. She represented New Mexico House of Representatives District 12.
NM LEGISLATURE

New rules in effect to attend legislative session in person

The New Mexico Legislative Council Service (LCS) announced new vaccination-requirement rules governing in-person attendance at the session of the New Mexico Legislature that began Jan. 18 and will …
SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO LEGISLATIVE GUIDE

Bulletin produces 2022 Southwest New Mexico Legislative Guide

The Las Cruces Bulletin’s 2022 Southwest New Mexico Legislative Guide will be published later this month and will include information about all 112 members of the New Mexico Legislature, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Lt. Gov. Howie Morales and other state officials.