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New Mexico Legislative Wrap: What Passed | The Line

New Mexico Legislative Wrap: What Passed

February 21, 2020 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look back on the just-concluded 30-day session of the New Mexico Legislature and discuss the legislation that passed. Passing a budget is a must, but that effort came down to the wire, and final negotiations took place behind closed doors. The panelists discuss some of the other bills that passed, including the controversial “red flag” law, the early childhood fund bill, and an overhaul of the state’s pension system.  

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

For Further Reading: 
Budget
New Mexico Lawmakers Reach Budget Deal as Tense Session Ends Associated Press
Budget goes to governor Santa Fe New Mexican 

“Red Flag” Law
Green light for red flag bill Albuquerque Journal
Governor defends passage of ‘red flag’ gun law NM Political Report
Controversial ‘red flag law’ passes the House, heads to governor’s desk KRQE Media 

Early Childhood
Early childhood fund bill sent to governor’s desk Albuquerque Journal 

Pension
PERA reform bill clears House Santa Fe New Mexican 

Prescription Drug Imports
Drug importation bill heads to Lujan Grisham Albuquerque Journal
Bill creating path for drug imports from Canada sent to governor Santa Fe New Mexican 

Gun Law Not Living Up to Intent | The Line

Line Gun Law Loophole

December 13, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel examine a law that went into effect in July. The law lets judges order guns taken away from accused domestic violence offenders, but as KRQE-TV reports, it’s lightly used and has a big loophole. The panel debates the impetus behind the law and whether the loophole can be effectively closed or if the measure is fundamentally flawed.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Dan Foley, former state representative
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law

For More Information:
New Domestic Violence Gun Law Aimed at Protecting Victims Falls ShortKRQE-TV

Closing the LoopholeSanta Fe Reporter