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Professionalizing New Mexico’s Lawmakers | The Line

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March 6, 2020 New Mexico has the only unsalaried legislature in the nation. During the recently ended session the issue came up – yet again – whether it’s time to start paying the state’s legislators.  Another question also comes up yearly: does lobbyist money have an undue influence on lawmakers? Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel debate whether professionalizing legislators will affect lobbyist spending in New Mexico. 

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former state representative
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Christine Sierra, UNM political science professor emerita
Diane Snyder, former state senator

For Further Reading:
NM lobbyists spend $151,000 on legislatorsAlbuquerque Journal
Governor appears open to exploring salaries for NM legislatorsThe Los Alamos Monitor Online 

 

Capitol Press Corps Previews Session

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January 17, 2020 – Correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks to members of the Capitol press corps for their views on what to watch for as the session begins. While the budget is the priority in the “short” sessions for New Mexico, lawmakers will introduce hundreds of bills in the hope of getting approval from the governor to add their issue to the agenda. Among the controversial bills expected in the 30-day session are a “red flag” law that would temporarily seize guns from suspected domestic abusers after a court hearing, and a measure to legalize recreational cannabis.

Guests:
Dan Boyd, Capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Trip Jennings, executive director, New Mexico in Depth
Christian Marquez, digital editor, Searchlight New Mexico