Category Archives: 2017 legislative session

The Line: Judge Overturns Ten Vetoes

NMiF: The Line panel - veto

August 17, 2017 – In late spring, New Mexico’s Legislative Council filed a lawsuit, arguing that 10 bills Governor Martinez vetoed during the 2017 legislative session should become law, saying that the governor did not follow proper veto procedures.   Last week, a district court judge overrode the vetoes.  Judge Sarah Singleton ordered Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse to put the bills into law once final paperwork goes through. Although an appeal is anticipated by Governor Martinez’s lawyer, the bills will probably take effect before an appeal can be heard. Host Gene Grant and our Line opinion panelists look at the lawsuit and the bills that may soon become law.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management

The Line: Special Session Wraps Up, What’s Next?

The Roundhouse

June 2, 2017 - The special legislative session wrapped up earlier this week with a budget deal that leaves less than 1% in the state’s reserves. Funding for higher education was restored but the economic future of the state still remains unclear. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Senator John Arthur Smith believes there’s a “50-50 chance” that New Mexico’s bond rating could be downgraded again. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panel of local journalists react to the outcome of the special session and talk about what comes next.

Line Panelists:
Elaine Baumgartel, news director at KUNM
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief for the Albuquerque Journal
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican