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New Mexico REAL ID bipartisan compromise passes 2nd test

February 5, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

In this This Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez appears at the Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Sanchez says he has been receiving racist calls and letters over the REAL ID debate. He’s disappointed that some of the “hate” is coming from Hispanics against immigrants living in the country [&hellip...

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New Mexico police may get hate-crime protections

February 5, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal in to add law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians as protected classes to New Mexico’s hate crimes law has been approved by the state House of Representatives. The House voted 58-4 to...

Group denounces locked-door meeting of New Mexico lawmakers

February 5, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says a House appropriations committee locked out the public from a meeting on the state budget. Foundation Executive Director Susan Boe wrote to the House speaker and Senate president...

New Mexico lawmakers look to curb opioid addiction

February 4, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the nation, New Mexico has been working for years to curb what has now been identified by the highest levels of government as a national epidemic. The state was the first in to...

APNewsBreak: Feds seeking settlement in coal mining lawsuits

February 4, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials disclosed Thursday that they want to enter settlement talks with an environmental group that sued the government over the potential climate change impacts from burning coal mined in Western states. Government...

Uber, Lyft bill fixing New Mexico impasse OK’d in committee

February 4, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A key House panel has approved a bill aimed at welcoming and regulating ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft. The House Judiciary Committee passed the proposal unanimously Thursday. Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque...

New Mexico Senate panel OKs measure for teacher raises

February 3, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico teachers and some administrators at various levels would see minimum salaries increase under a pared-down proposal that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections about the push being an unfunded mandate. The...

Mobile dentistry targets elderly patients

February 3, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

Jenna Mayerhofer, a dental hygienist for Dental Care In Your Home, wheels in a cart with dental equipment toward the home of a client for a cleaning, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M. Dental professionals are hitting the road in vans as part of an...

Bills race into New Mexico Legislature, fight long odds

February 3, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers introduced a flurry of bills as the doors swung shut on new legislation at New Mexico’s state capitol on Wednesday. The last-minute bills touched on topics from medical marijuana to county gasoline taxes. One Senate...

New Mexico Senate panel approves REAL ID compromise

February 2, 2016 • State NewsComments (0)

Fabiola Bawden, left, and Blanca Cardenas, with the Albuquerque-based immigrant advocacy group El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, get ready to speak Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Santa Fe, N.M, before a legislative committee. The fate of legislation aimed at...