This Site and all information contained here including, but not limited to, news stories, photographs, video, charts, graphs and graphics is the property of the Los Alamos Daily Post, unless otherwise noted. Lujan Grisham’s office announced last week that she planned on calling on legislators to meet and arrange for extra financial support for New Mexicans. New Mexico lawmakers took less than eight hours during a special session Tuesday to pass an economic relief package designed to help residents … “The public health orders themselves don’t reduce the number of cases,” Scrase said. Public safety reform and help for small business were the order of business in the House Monday. Amid calls for increased scrutiny of law enforcement, the House of Representatives voted 44-26 to approve a measure that would require all New Mexico police officers to wear body cameras.Â. Rather, they focused their criticism on the speed with which Democrat legislators pushed the bill through in a four-day special session and the fact the bill has no financial appropriation tied to it. Now, she said, it took only seven days to get to the most recent 10,000 cases. The NM Political Report (https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2020/11/20/gov-lujan-grisham-announces-special-session-date-plans-on-a-300-million-relief-package/). SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers concluded a historic special session Monday by granting final approval to legislation requiring police officers to wear body cameras and authorizing up to $400… During a weekly news conference with Gov. The legislation, passed by the House … A police officer could also have his or her certification revoked if an officer fails to intervene in a police action involving the unlawful use of force. 505-986-4300; Legislative Information and Tours 505-986-4589; Legislative Building Services 505-986-4575; The Capitol is located at the corner of Old Santa Fe Trail and Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe 505-986-4600 lcs@nmlegis.gov; Skip Navigation Links; Home; Today is Friday, December 18, 2020. Lujan Grisham said early on in the pandemic, it took a little under days to reach 10,000 cases. “They painted us in a corner and said, ‘here’s 90 days, you go tell local governments they have to pay for it [the cameras]’. Â, Some Republicans blasted members of the Senate for finishing their share of the business on Saturday, leaving the House behind. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the Los Alamos Daily Post and the author/photographer are properly cited. NEW MEXICO (KRQE) –Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that she will call a special legislative session prior to Thanksgiving. … Last week, the state’s Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) learned that the estimated number of New Mexicans to receive a one time bump in their unemployment benefits will likely be anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 fewer than expected. The bill, which requires each police agency to come up with its own policies regarding these mandates, comes in the continued wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died while after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. Michelle Lujan Grisham calls the “reset,” she encouraged the state to “stay the course” through the holidays. Lujan Grisham clarified during the news conference that essential businesses are places like hardware and grocery stores. Legalization might not have happened as planned during New Mexico’s regular 2020 legislative session, but the governor said in February that she’s open to letting voters decide on the policy change via a ballot referendum. Scrase also confirmed that an old Albuquerque hospital building will be utilized to help ease the pressure of hospitals as COVID-19 cases are regularly in the thousands on a daily basis. 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House Democrats praised the bill as a necessary step in ensuring accountability within New Mexico’s police agencies — particularly in a state that has the highest per-capita rate of people killed by police officers over the past five years, according to two separate national reports. Instead it will serve as a way for patients to transition from medical care to their respective home. “Our communities have a right to remain safe … should they have to interact with a law enforcement officer,” said Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena, D-Mesilla, who presented the bill on the House floor Tuesday. By Matthew Reichbach. Copyright © 2012-2020 Los Alamos Daily Post – the Official Newspaper of Record in Los Alamos County. he Official Newspaper of Record in Los Alamos County. 2020 Regular Session (Passed) Ptsd Presumption For First Responders [HB6 2020 Detail] [HB6 2020 Text] [HB6 2020 Comments] 2020-02-20. … View all 2020 Special Session articles → Fewer New Mexicans than estimated will qualify for one-time unemployment check. With weekly downloadable snapshots of session data. Debates among New Mexico lawmakers over the best way to use federal relief funds is likely far from over. Click on any state to find information on regular session dates, and, if necessary, special session dates. SANTA FE – Gov. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- A group of lawmakers wants the Roundhouse to be open to the public during the special legislative session. Subscribe to your choice of breaking and/or daily news headlines. His death has spurred a nationwide call for more scrutiny and reform programs for law enforcement agencies.Â. Accessibility Accommodations. Bernalillo County again reported the most new cases in the state and accounted for more than 30 percent of the newly reported cases. “If you have to go out, distance, wear a mask. Main menu. The bill will provide over $300 million to various sectors of New Mexicos economy that are struggling during the second shut-down of the pandemic. They need unemployment, they need housing assistance and businesses need grants,” Lujan Grisham said. The New Mexico Legislature met Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck. ROBERT NOTT SFNM. Now, the state will use roughly half that money to get by until the January session. Cadena said it’s possible the state can ask for federal funds to help pay for the cameras, but Republicans expressed doubt such requests would be fulfilled by the time the bill becomes law. This Site and all information contained here including, but not limited to, news stories, photographs, video, charts, graphs and graphics is the property of the Los Alamos Daily Post, unless otherwise noted. The special session will take place on June 18, and will look drastically different than past sessions because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for precautions. During the second special legislative session this year, which took place during the week of Thanksgiving, lawmakers passed a COVID-19 relief bill, allowing the state to use additional federal funds from the CARES Act. Michelle Lujan Grisham will ask the New Mexico Legislature to consider tax relief for individuals, loans for small businesses and local governments, police reform and election improvements, among other topics, when it meets in a special session beginning Thursday. (The Center Square) — Gov. An anti-discrimination bill to help protect the LGBTQ community in the state will be filed in January ahead of the state legislative session. Lujan Grisham praised the work of the Legislature during the special session, but noted it is only the start as New Mexico looks to the 60-day session in January amid a severe economic downturn brought on by falling oil prices and the COVID-19 crisis. The New Mexico Environment Department’s budget was cut by 32 percent between fiscal years (FY) 2012 and 2019, which was the last fiscal year budget passed by the legislature in 2018 before Martinez left office, according to a report released by the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. Session structure and operations. The bill included $194 million to provide $1,200 for those who qualify for unemployment and lost work because of the pandemic. Jun 17, 2020 | Jobs & the Economy SANTA FE – Gov. But state Sen. John Arthur Smith said Monday, April 6, 2020, the blow will be somewhat cushioned by decisions made during the last legislative session to build up reserves. Completed Legislative Action Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 4-0) Status: Passed on June 20 2020 - 100% progression Action: 2020-06-20 - Signed by Governor - Chapter 2 - June 26 Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF] New Mexico’s environmental and oil and gas regulators are facing budget cuts for the next fiscal year, as nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic and a significant downturn in the oil market has depleted the state’s budget. 2019 Regular Session (Passed) … New Mexico Governor Anticipates Special Legislative Session New Mexico Gov. LegiScan legislative dashboard for New Mexico, tracking details on the most recent legislation, popular bills, sponsors and committees. The House voted 59-5 to approve that bill before the body adjourned, putting an end around 7 p.m. to the session. Period. Michelle Lujan Grisham indicated she is likely to call legislators to a special session … The following widget shows up to 25 pieces of legislation in the 2020 legislative session that most recently passed both chambers of the legislature, were signed by the governor, or were approved by the legislature in a veto override. The other, Senate Bill 3, would invest up to $400 million in Severance Tax Permanent Fund money into a new fund that business owners could draw on for a three-year loan to help them weather financial storms brought on by the COVID-19 threat. According to state health officials, there are currently 796 people hospitalized for COVID-19 and 55,803 people who have deemed recovered. New Mexico State University undergoes a long and intensive process to determine what legislative priorities it will put forth during the session. Lujan Grisham and New Mexico Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase spent the majority of their time focusing on the severity of New Mexico’s cases. The Los Alamos Daily Post was founded Feb. 7, 2012 by Owner/Publisher Carol A. Clark. Oregon Republican Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod listens to colleagues during an August 10, 2020 special legislative session at the state capitol in … Signed by Governor - Chapter 4 - June 29. SANTA FE — A COVID-19 relief bill was passed by New Mexico Legislature during a special session on Tuesday. “We’ve spent the last several days working with legislators, both chambers, both sides of the aisle, to work on those details.”. Included in the latest reported cases were eight inmates held by the New Mexico Corrections Department. Michelle Lujan rolled out her proposals Wednesday for the special legislative session. House lawmakers began their session with a moment of silence for people who have died from Covid-19. Register; About; Features; Datasets; LegiScan API; Bill Tracking; Search; Login; New Mexico Legislature | 2020 | Regular Session | Adjourned Sine Die. “We flattened the curve. The Legislature meets in regular session on the third Tuesday in January of each odd … In 1922, Bertha M. Paxton became the first woman elected to the New Mexico Legislature, serving one term in the House of Representatives. If you would like the session calendar in table form or would like to print the information, go to the PDF version. But he said it is likely due to people not following those health orders. “The best defense against the virus is to stay home, stay isolated,” Lujan Grisham said. The chairman of a key legislative committee says New Mexico's finances have been hit by a double-whammy of a pandemic and an oil-price crash. © Copyright 2015-2020, NM Political Report. Andy Lyman is an Albuquerque based reporter. The New Mexico State Legislature passed a COVID-19 relief bill that would provide over $300 million in relief provided by the federal CARES Act in a very short special session that lasted less than eight hours. Scrase said since there’s been a mask mandate for about eight months and COVID-19 still seems to be aggressively spreading, people tend to question the efficacy of the public health orders and wearing masks. “The state Senate has gone home and left us here to work,” said Rep. Phelps Anderson, R-Roswell. Special legislative session. 6. He previously covered the New Mexico's legislative session for the New Mexico News Network and served as a reporter and host for numerous news outlets. Rep. Jim Townsend, R-Artesia, said the legislation is “just too heavy a lift in a special session. 2020 1st Special Session (Passed) Temporary Tax Waivers And Distributions [HB6 2020 Detail] [HB6 2020 Text] [HB6 2020 Comments] 2020-06-20. The New Mexico Legislature finished its main task of mending the state’s huge fiscal shortfall Saturday, but the special session wasn’t over as the House of Representatives still had work to do. New Mexico 2020 Special Legislative Session Has Ended. New Mexico health officials reported Monday an additional 826 cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths. “It won’t be like a freestanding hospital,” Scrase said. The Senate on Saturday also passed House Bill 5, which would set up a commission to look into the issue of “qualified immunity” — a judicial precedent that makes it harder to prosecute police or other public officials in potential misconduct cases. New Mexico Human Services Secretary Dr. David Scrase, who joined Lujan Grisham remotely for the press conference aired over social media Wednesday, said the “reset really did work.” The governor’s call for the 30-day legislative session scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 21, encompasses the priority areas of education, the economy, public safety, health, and the environment. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk. New Mexico’s environmental and oil and gas regulators are facing budget cuts for the next fiscal year, as nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic and a significant downturn in the oil market has depleted the state’s budget. Jump to Navigation. Other Republicans worried the camera footage, which would become a public record, could potentially work against those caught on camera who may not be charged with a crime or who may be witnesses to a crime and whose testimony would thus be revealed. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the Los Alamos Daily Post and the author/photographer are properly cited. The budget reductions come after years of attrition in regulatory budgets under the Susana Martinez administration. He said the cost for many police departments will be deemed as “an unfunded mandate”.Â. The map below provides information on legislative sessions in each state, district and territory. The governor wants lawmakers to … “But we will, I have no doubt, construct a more robust and inclusive economy than ever before as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic with everything we’ve got. Scrase also said he’s received questions about the effectiveness of wearing masks, considering the number of cases around the state continue to dramatically increase. SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – New Mexico’s 2020 Special Session is over. So in the revised budget, lawmakers are proposing to … This information is provided by BillTrack50. The two also urged New Mexicans to stay home and not travel during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Special Legislative Session Preview ... New Mexico ended the January 2020 session with $1.9 billion in reserves. Senate Bill 8, passed by the House Tuesday, also would revoke a police officer’s certification if he or she is found guilty or pleads guilty or no contest to the unlawful use or threatened use of force in the line of duty.Â. Michelle Lujan Grisham about COVID-19, the governor covered the usual topics and encouraged people to stay home and wear masks. Debates among New Mexico lawmakers over the best way to use federal relief funds is likely far from over. A few months ago, lawmakers passed a massive $7.5 billion budget, but the pandemic is hitting hard on New Mexico’s economy. Republican lawmakers who opposed the bill did not argue that point. Those reports said that from 2015 to 2019, between 101 and 107 New Mexicans were killed by police, a rate of 9.7 to 10.2 per million residents, while the national rate of individuals killed by police ranged from 3 to 3.4 per million residents, according to the Legislative Finance Committee’s analysis of the bill.Â. In total, the state has seen 130,808 cases and 2,180 total deaths related to the disease. One of the primary uses will be just to transfer people from hospitals, a little bit earlier than they might have otherwise gone home, to the Gibson facility for the remainder of their stay.”. Arizona; California; Nevada; Oregon; Washington; National; Opinion; Donate; Close. New Mexico health officials reported Monday an additional 826 cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths. This site built with Project Largo from INN and proudly powered by WordPress. The legislation, passed by the House two days after the state Senate concluded its business and departed a special session that focused on shoring up the state budget, now heads to Gov. Sen. John Arthur Smith said that a special legislative session and tough choices still lie ahead as New Mexico grapple with the coronavirus pandemic. SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Supreme Court denied a request to allow the public into the Roundhouse during the upcoming special session, this comes after hours of … Florida; Georgia; Louisiana; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee; West. SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Some relief could be heading to New Mexicans struggling during the pandemic as lawmakers get ready for Tuesday’s special session to … That gives us a day to get the processes well underway on that Wednesday before Thanksgiving so that the Monday when we get back we’re pushing money out the door. She said body cameras will help ensure those citizens “walk away from that engagement alive …  we have our own stories about encounters that go wrong and have ended with death”. The special legislative session, which officially ended Monday evening, 6/22/20, was called to address significant budget issues as well as some needs by businesses hurt by the economic shutdown.Unsustainable budget increases have had a negative impact on the state’s budget. As Thanksgiving approaches, New Mexico is also seeing a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases and related deaths. Session Switchboard. During this week’s news conference, Lujan Grisham said she wants to see $300 million from the New Mexico CARES Act go to unemployment benefits, housing grants and grants for small businesses that have been impacted by the public health order. Although cases of COVID-19 dropped due to what Gov. The old hospital building in Albuquerque won’t be a full hospital, Scrase said. State lawmakers will contend with a long list of fiscal priorities, from Oregon's growing housing crisis to rebalancing the state's strained hospital budget . “Let me be clear: The work of rebuilding our state economy has only begun,” Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “We want to get this relief out to New Mexicans. FILE - In this March 15, 2019, file … Part of the package that state lawmakers passed allocated $194 million to the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions in order to add a one time supplemental payment of $1,200 to those who qualify for unemployment benefits. As such, they said the counties, cities and municipalities that do not currently use body cameras will have to find money to fund the new law within 90 days, as per the bill. | June 9, 2020. But likely the biggest news was that Lujan Grisham has a date planned for a special legislative session. Monday’s reported numbers seem to reflect a slight downward trend in cases and deaths, but also reflect a slight uptick in cases among inmates. The group has asked the New Mexico … New Mexico; Nebraska; Oklahoma; Texas; Wyoming; Southeast. It’s critical that we do that.”. 2020 NM SB4 (Summary) Temporary Election Changes. Signed by Governor - Chapter 54 - Mar. Even as more law enforcement agencies around the country require their officers to wear body cameras, a recent George Mason University’s Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy report says it’s too soon to tell if they make much of a difference in how officers act.Â. Below is the legislative items that NMSU will seek at the upcoming session of the New Mexico legislature. It’s looking for an opportunity to spread with you.”. That’s when the Senate body voted 30-12 to use a mix of spending cuts, federal funding and reserves to deal with that budget hole.Â. The budget reductions come after years of attrition in regulatory budgets under the Susana Martinez administration. New Mexico braces for COVID-19 surge after holidays Storage problem causes loss of 75 vaccine doses in New Mexico Man says state police did nothing to stop Trump supporters' attack on him ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Gov. Those analysts reviewed 70 studies of body-worn cameras used through June 2018 and found :cameras reduced the number of overall complaints against officers, but their impacts on other police behaviors are less conclusive”. Monday’s reported numbers seem to reflect a slight downward trend in cases and deaths, but also reflect a slight uptick in cases among inmates. “It’s New Mexicans complying with public health orders and doing what they say.”. Submitted by Carol A. Clark on June 22, 2020 -8:59 pm Rep. Micaela Lara Cadena, D-Mesilla. “And the work we’ve begun on civil rights and public safety reform and election accessibility and small business relief will remain a chief priority of my administration,” she added. Kate Brown is calling Oregon lawmakers back to the capitol in Salem for a special one-day legislative session on Monday in lieu of more federal relief. By Thursday the state was four days into what Lujan Grisham referred to as a “reset” or a two-week period of a stay-at-home order and all non-essential businesses closed. Amid calls for increased scrutiny of law enforcement, the House of Representatives voted 44-26 to approve a measure that would require all New Mexico police officers to wear body cameras. “I’m happy to announce right now that the special session I will call, will be called for this coming Tuesday right before Thanksgiving,” Lujan Grisham said. New Mexico's best political reporting. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday announced her agenda for the second session of the 54th New Mexico Legislature. This bill is being perceived by the public as being rushed through, last minute”. Members of the Legislative Council, on a videoconference call on Tuesday, outlined guidelines for the upcoming special session. The New Mexico Legislature was established when New Mexico officially became a state and was admitted to the union in 1912. Last week, the state’s Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) learned that the estimated number of New Mexicans to receive a one time bump in their … Senate Bill 8 was one of just two pieces of legislation that the House members debated Monday. If no bills are displayed below, no legislation has met these criteria yet in 2020. The New Mexico State Capitol, or Roundhouse Wikicommons. Opinions expressed by readers, columnists and other contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the Los Alamos Daily Post. 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