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Ethics Legislation, Legislative Roundup, The Line

New Mexico Legislature

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse on the latest movement regarding ethics legislation and especially on the recently released HB4, which lays out details of how a voter-approved Ethics Commission would work.

NMiF host Gene Grant also sits down in studio with a former legislature and open-government advocates to look further into ethics legislation currently making the rounds in Santa Fe.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss a grouping of future tax bills and current tax laws, examine Governor Lujan Grisham’s nomination of five new UNM Regents, and look at the concerns many Republican legislators have that their voices aren’t being heard in this year’s 60-day session.

Host: Gene Grant

Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland

Studio Guests:
Jim Dines, former New Mexico House Republican
Heather Ferguson, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico
Kathleen Sabo, executive director of New Mexico Ethics Watch

Legislators Interviewed:
Rep. Daymon Ely (D), New Mexico House of Representatives
Rep. Kelly K. Fajardo (R), New Mexico House of Representatives
Sen. Richard Martinez (D), New Mexico Senator           

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law

The Line: GOP Lawmakers Feel Silenced At Legislature

New Mexico Legislature

February 15, 2019 – After the blue wave swept through New Mexico and changed the political makeup of the state’s governing body, Republicans lawmakers often feel that they are largely being ignored. How much responsibility do Democrats have to reach across the aisle, and what should the GOP strategy be with the time left in the session?  Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the different power dynamics at play during this year’s legislative session.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law

For Further Reading:

House Republicans, pushed further into the minority, feel frustration at lack of input– Daniel J. Chacón, Santa Fe New Mexican, reprinted by NM Political Report