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Hydrogen Bill Stalls, Voting Proposal Changes & Staffing Crisis at MDC

This week on New Mexico in Focus, the Governor’s agenda takes a hit in the legislature. Our Line Opinion Panel debates why a plan to make New Mexico a hub for hydrogen energy has failed twice already, and if the most recent plan to revive it has any hope of moving forward. Plus, is there relief coming for workers at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque? The Panel discusses recent staff shortages, action from the county, and the possibility this could rise to the level of a crisis. And, our panelists take a close look at the changes made to a package of voting reform measures.

Environment Correspondent Laura Paskus catches up with one of New Mexico’s U.S. Representatives, Melanie Stansbury, about the action she’s taken since joining congress. That includes recent legislation she’s introduced, The Water Smart Access for Tribes Act. And, Laura talks with climate scientist Dave Gutzler about the changes New Mexico’s already experiencing, as well as what’s to come. Plus, why it’s so hard for policymakers and politicians to act on climate.

Host: Gene Grant

The Line opinion panel:
Andy Lyman, reporter, NM Political Report
Dan Foley, fmr. New Mexico representative
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican


U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury One-on-One Interview
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Melanie Stansbury, U.S. Representative, (D) New Mexico

Climate Change Insights
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Dave Gutzler, Climate Scientist