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US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, Transparency in State Government, Lesson Plans and Intellectual Property

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we sit down with US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham to talk about legislation that would require special prosecutors in cases of police-involved shootings. Lujan Grisham tells producer Sarah Gustavus how she thinks the proposal could be used to create better oversight of police-involved shootings in Albuquerque and other cities across the nation.

In our latest report for the People, Power and Democracy Project, correspondent Gwyneth Doland asks lawmakers at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe how they are seeking to increase transparency in state government.

Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists discuss why some bills are getting more attention than others this session and whether lessons plans created by teachers in New Mexico should be considered intellectual property when it comes to records requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).

GUESTS:
US Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D)
Susan Boe, Executive Director – New Mexico Foundation for Open Government
State Representative Jim Dines (R)
State Senator
Sander Rue (R)
State Senator Peter Wirth (D)

LINE PANELISTS:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Eric Griego, Former New Mexico Senator
Sophie Martin, Editor, DukeCityFix.com & Attorney
Brigette Russell, New Mexico Watchdog

CORRESPONDENTS:
Gwyneth Doland, @GwynethDoland
Sarah Gustavus, @sarahgustavus

Host: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 833 for air February 27, 2015

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Santolina Development, Legislation to Improve Lives of Children/Families, Homeless Camp Developments, Confirmation of Hanna Skandera

This week on New Mexico in Focus, our correspondent Gwyneth Doland asks lawmakers at the Roundhouse how they are trying to help improve the lives of children and families in New Mexico. We hear about legislation to study family leave in New Mexico and address the needs of children in the classroom.

In Albuquerque, the proposed Santolina development has people talking. Supporters say the planned development southwest of Albuquerque would help address future growth. Opponents argue it would strain economic and water resources. We invited a group of community leaders from both sides to join us at the table to discuss these issues.

Host Gene Grant and this week’s line panelists also weigh in on that debate, discuss the latest developments for a homeless camp in Albuquerque, and talk about the confirmation of Hanna Skandera as the state’s Secretary of Education.

GUESTS:
John Garcia, Executive Vice President – Home Builders Association
Rod Mahoney, President – South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations
Virginia Necochea, Director – Center for Social Sustainable Systems (CESOSS)
Jim Strozier, Principal – Consensus Planning, Inc.
Representative Gail Chasey (D)
Senator Gay Kernan (R)
Senator John Sapien (D)

LINE PANELISTS:
Dede Feldman, Former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Julie Ann Grimm, Editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Harry Van Buren, Professor, Anderson School of Management

CORRESPONDENTS:
Gwyneth Doland, @GwynethDoland
Floyd Vasquez, @floydvasquez

Host: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 832 for air February 20, 2015