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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

Gun Control Legislation, Protecting Our States “Temporary” Waterways, Groundwater Contamination at Holloman AFB, The Line

1232 Holloman AFB

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse with the latest updates on gun control legislation, including more stringent background check requirements.

Correspondent Laura Paskus takes a deep dive into protecting some of our states often overlooked “temporary” waterways in this month’s episode of Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.

NMiF executive producer Kevin McDonald also sits down with Laura Paskus, who broke a story this week in the NM Political Report about groundwater contamination at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo. They look at how bad the contamination is, and what’s being done about it.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss Governor Lujan Grisham’s announcement to withdraw almost all of the National Guard troops from the border. They also debate minimum wage bills heating up at the Roundhouse and mark the passage of ten years since a mass grave was discovered on Albuquerque’s West Mesa.

Host: Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Kevin McDonald
Laura Paskus

Studio Guest:
Laura Paskus, journalist

Legislators Interviewed:
Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez (D), New Mexico State Senate
Sen. Steven P. Neville (R), New Mexico State Senate
Rep. Debra M. Sariñana (D), New Mexico State House of Representatives

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres