Tag Archives: NM legislature

The Line: Lawmakers Debate Proposals On “Three Strikes” Law And Teen Curfews

January 29, 2016 – This year’s legislative session is a 30-day budget session, but that doesn’t mean that the state budget is the only issue that lawmakers are debating at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

Other bills covering the state’s “three strikes” law  (HB 37 & HB 56) and a proposal to allow cities to pass teen curfews (HB 29) are also getting attention from lawmakers and community leaders. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists talk about those bills in this week’s show.


Eddy Aragon, CEO, “The Rock of Talk,” Fox News ABQ 95.9 FM
Lonna Atkeson, UNM political science professor and director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Rob Nikolewski, independent journalist

The Line: What’s The Real Issue With REAL ID?

January 15, 2016 – New Mexicans will not need a passport to board a plane this month. The state, along with many others, recently received a two year extension in one area of the REAL ID Act from the Department of Homeland Security.

State lawmakers need to approve legislation to bring New Mexico driver’s license policies in line with the federal requirements. At the same time, Governor Susana Martinez continues to push for lawmakers to change the current law in New Mexico that allows anyone to get a driver’s license, regardless of immigration status.

Host Gene Grant and our Line opinion panelists debate REAL ID and the current political discussion in New Mexico about both the driver’s license law and requirements for compliance with the federal REAL ID Act.

Tom Garrity, Garrity Group PR
Rob Nikolewski, Independent Journalist
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
Harry Van Buren, professor at the UNM Anderson School of Management