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New Mexico Legislative Wrap: What Failed | The Line

New Mexico Legislative Wrap: What Failed

February 14, 2020 Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss the legislation that failed to make it to the finish line during the most recent month-long lawmaking session. One of the bills that Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was backing, the legalization of recreational cannabis, didn’t even make it past its second committee in the Senate. Was there just not enough time in a short session for such a bill? The Line panelists also discuss other bills that didn’t make it, including one to exempt tax on social security payments and reforming the Public Regulation Commission. 

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:
Recreational Cannabis
Recreational marijuana remains out of reach for New Mexico The Durango Herald 

Social Security Tax 
Bills to exempt Social Security from tax tabled Santa Fe New Mexican 

Higher Gasoline Tax 
House panel blocks higher gasoline tax  Albuquerque Journal 

PRC reform  
PRC reform bill dies in Senate committee NM Political Report 

The Line: Rethinking the Public Regulation Commission

1307 Line PRC Reform

August 16, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel look at the possibility of reshaping New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission, currently an elected body that regulates utilities, telecommunications, and motor carrier industries. The governor and other state leaders are eager to narrow the commission’s scope and redefine how commissioners earn their seats.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

PRC may face major changes within year – Albuquerque Journal 

Anger at public utility regulators’ decisions, inaction fuels move to reform board Santa Fe New Mexican

Rethink the PRC – Think New Mexico