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State Spending, Our Land, The Line

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland travels to the Roundhouse to get a feel for how lawmakers think the session went. The focus in the last days of the session is on money, and how much of it is safe to spend. This legislative segment is part of the Your New Mexico Government Project, a collaboration with KUNM Radio and the Santa Fe Reporter.

This month’s installment of “Our Land” focuses on public land in New Mexico. Correspondent Laura Paskus takes us to a service project in the Sandia Mountains and visits a newly protected national monument in southern New Mexico that one group hopes will represent a chance to reconnect with the land that has authored its past.

Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look back on the just-concluded 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature. They discuss the legislation that passed and the bills that didn’t quite make it. Some bills were sure hits, and some were unexpected misses. And in a departure for The Line, the panelists will expand their view to look at a national topic: President Trump’s recent spate of pardons.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Laura Paskus

Field Guests:
Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho
Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming
Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe

Our Land:
Angel Peña, Nuestra Tierra Conservation Project
Will Ribbans, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Dede Feldman, former state senator
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator