Liveblog: Criminal Justice Reform at the NM Legislature
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Liveblog: Criminal Justice Reform at the NM Legislature

A legislative panel tasked with updating the state’s criminal code is convening today, July 30. Managing Editor Margaret Wright will provide live updates from the proceedings. Here’s the day’s full agenda: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/agendas/cjrsagejul30.14.pdf. Join the Conversation: Leave comments or questions on this post Tweet @NMCompass Email margaret@nmcompass.com 4:30 p.m. Two formerly incarcerated women testified about their encounters with … Continue reading

Medicaid for Inmates Will Save Millions
Health Care / Legislature / Opinion / Politics

Medicaid for Inmates Will Save Millions

By Craig Acorn and Harris Silver, MD — Gov. Susana Martinez can support her commitment to fiscal responsibility and health care and to reduce crime and overdose with one stroke of her pen. Senate Bill 65 passed the Legislature with strong bipartisan support and enables inmates held in jails, prisons, and Children, Youth and Families Department … Continue reading

Roundhouse 2013: What Came Out of the Sausage Grinder
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Roundhouse 2013: What Came Out of the Sausage Grinder

By Marisa Demarco —When folks look down on the House or Senate chambers and see lawmakers making jokes, debating memorials or otherwise whiling away the hours, they might assume their politicians are unfocused—or lazy. But really, the back and forth, the dealmaking, is often happening somewhere else. Our legislators trade in alliances and political capital, … Continue reading

Roundhouse 2013: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems?
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Roundhouse 2013: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems?

The Minimum Wage Battle — Rep. Phillip Archuleta worked for the Department of Workforce Solutions for 20 years. His job was to handle cases where people weren’t getting paid their due, he said. “Anything to do with wage theft.” The Democrat from Las Cruces said during those two decades, he encountered folks who were working … Continue reading

Roundhouse 2013: Above and Below the Battle Line
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Roundhouse 2013: Above and Below the Battle Line

By Margaret Wright — The legislative session has been a tug-of-war between the Public Education Department and local districts, many of them represented by Democratic lawmakers — and all trying to gain traction during the division of a $2.5 billion pot of public school money. Controversy over funding illustrates the struggle the administration of Gov. … Continue reading

Roundhouse 2013: Booze, guns, pot and prostitution
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Roundhouse 2013: Booze, guns, pot and prostitution

By Marisa Demarco — The Roundhouse is not insulated from the happenings beyond its walls. In this week’s legislative update, we see regional issues seeping in. Lawmakers are contending with: marijuana, an online prostitution ring and the ongoing firearm debate. Pot’s Shot Hot on the heels of our neighbor to the North, legislators are considering … Continue reading

Roundhouse 2013: The Demise of New Mexico’s GMO Labeling Law
Diet / Food / Legislature / Opinion / Politics

Roundhouse 2013: The Demise of New Mexico’s GMO Labeling Law

By Maren Tarro — Lobbying groups for agriculture and food companies have spared no expense in their campaign to convince consumers that not only are GMOs safe, they are necessary to ensure adequate food production for a growing population. This matters here at home, they say, and in drought-stricken, impoverished nations. It’s the “starving children … Continue reading

Roundhouse 2013: The Elephant in the Room
Education / Legislature / News / Politics

Roundhouse 2013: The Elephant in the Room

By Margaret Wright — Hanna Skandera, secretary-designate of the state’s Public Education Department, stayed positive Monday as she faced a barrage of questions from Democrats. House Bill 3, the state’s public school budget, was subject to a headed discussion by members of the House and Senate Education Committees. Gov. Susana Martinez has proposed to increase … Continue reading