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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.
2021 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE

Governor signs for $28 million in county

The capital outlay bill signed last week by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham includes more than $28 million in funding for projects in Doña Ana County, as well as millions for other projects in southern New Mexico.
2021 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE

Legislative Capital Outlay

The capital outlay bill signed last week by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham includes more than $28 million in funding for projects in Dona Ana County, as well as millions for other projects in southern New Mexico.
2021 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATURE

Lawmakers pass marijuana legalization bills in special session

Marijuana sales will be legal in New Mexico next year following passage of a bill Wednesday, March 31, on the second day of a special session called by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after a similar bill had failed to pass during the regular session.