The Line: February 27, 2015

Is the legislature this year focused on a few divisive issues? That was the argument made in the Santa Fe New Mexican by reporters Steve Terrell and Milan Simonich: Controversial issues divide lawmakers along party lines

This week’s line opinion panelists weigh in on the attention that three bills are getting at the Roundhouse this session:

The Albuquerque Public Schools and the teachers’ union recently denied a request from the Albuquerque Journal for teacher lesson plans. The paper filed the request under the state Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

APS argues the lesson plans are intellectual property and therefore exempt from IPRA requests as trade secrets.

Our line panelists react to this news story.

A proposal to cap interest rates on storefront loans, like title loans, is currently stalled this legislative session. The proposal had broad support from faith groups and service providers, but lenders testified that a 36 percent cap would put them out of business and cost New Mexico jobs.

Our line panelists debate the proposed cap.

What do you think about these issues? Do you have an opposing view or new idea to add to the conversation? Email us at nmif [at] nmpbs.org

Rep. Lujan Grisham Wants Special Prosecutors For Police-Involved Shootings

US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham is backing legislation in Congress that would require special prosecutors in shootings involving police officers across the country.

Our producer Sarah Gustavus sat down with Rep. Lujan Grisham to talk about the legislation and what it might mean for Albuquerque and APD.

Representative Lujan Grisham also recently sent a letter to the US Department of Energy requesting that the Albuquerque Police Department no longer have access to the National Training Center at Kirtland Air Force Base.

In the letter, the Congresswoman questioned the need for APD officer to participate in “military-style training” designed to prepare officers who are assigned to protect the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

Read the full letter here.