Special Coverage

In 2017, New Mexico in Focus will examine proposals to address ethics oversight, transparency and accountability in state government during the legislative session. This is the third year for the People, Power and Democracy project. NMPBS will team up again … Continue reading People, Power and Democracy: Pulling Back The Curtain On State Government

By: Kevin Maestas  April 5, 2017 – A group of New Mexicans gathered in Albuquerque on Tuesday evening to participate in a forum on how they would improve state government. The event reflected on multimedia coverage of key issues covered … Continue reading Event Brings Community Members Together To Talk About Good Government

March 17, 2017— The legislative session is reaching a crescendo of activity during its final week and the issue of corruption is back in the spotlight as Democrats cry foul over an unusual request from the governor—one that would seem … Continue reading Ethics Oversight Measures Advance

March 17, 2017 – State Senator Steven Neville withdrew one of his bills this week after learning that the company that would benefit from the business deal had donated to Governor Susana Martinez’s campaign and Political Action Committee but those … Continue reading The Line: State Senator Withdraws Bill After Donations Come To Light

March 10, 2017 – Education reform is often a topic of fierce debate during the legislative session. This year, lawmakers passed a bill that eliminated evaluation penalties for teacher absences. Teachers are allowed 10 sick days each year but are … Continue reading Students Write Their Ideas For Education Reform Into A Bill

It’s challenging to figure out what is happening in the Roundhouse during the legislative session, especially for New Mexicans who live and work outside of Santa Fe. This year, with our partners in the People, Power and Democracy project, we’re reporting … Continue reading Tracking What’s Happening During The Legislative Session

Feb. 3, 2017— After a year of high-profile violent crime in New Mexico, Gov. Martinez urged lawmakers to get tough on crime this session, pushing for stiffer sentences, expanding three-strikes rules and calling for reinstatement of the death penalty. But … Continue reading The Cost of Being Tough on Crime

February 24, 2017 – Education is one of the largest expenses in state government. Lawmakers cut education funding last year in the special session and districts across the state are now being asked to draw on their reserves to make … Continue reading Measuring Investments In Education

February 24, 2017 – It’s a challenge for everyday New Mexicans to keep track of what’s happening in Santa Fe during the legislative session. Bills are introduced and then travel through an amendment process that can be daunting to follow. … Continue reading Grading Legislation

February 24, 2017 – Proposals to create an independent ethics commission have been introduced in many legislative sessions but have never passed. Is the political climate any different in 2017? Host Gene Grant and our Line opinion panelists discuss ethics … Continue reading The Line: Is This The Year An Ethics Bill Will Pass The Legislature?

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