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
January 25, 2019 – A fast pace is setting the tone for the first full week of New Mexico’s legislative session. But, not everyone is onboard with the “rocket docket” strategy of streamlining some bills, arguing a lack of transparency, among other objections. Speaker of the House Brian Egolf also says that this year they plan to scale back on things like memorials, in favor of binding legislation and budget decisions. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss these developments and also look at Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s possible use of executive orders like her decision to end the controversial PARCC test.
Line Panelists: Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Justine Fox-Young, former state representative
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Eric Griego, former NM state senator