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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: Supreme Court Rules on PRC Authority and Energy Transition Act

1315 line ETZ Court Ruling

October 11, 2019 – The New Mexico Supreme Court this week weighed in on a power struggle over the state’s energy future. The Energy Transition Act was approved by lawmakers and signed by Governor Lujan Grisham earlier this year. It paves the way for utility company, PNM, to recover the costs of shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating station in the Four Corners. It also sets out aggressive renewable energy standards, but does all of this outside of the state regulators that are the PRC Commissioners. The Supreme Court ruling this week reaffirmed the PRC’s authority in this case, paving the way for more potential conflicts and confusion. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look at the court’s decision and how it may affect the state’s plans moving forward.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former NM state representative
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Andy Lyman, reporter, NM political report
Sophie Martin, attorney

For Further Reading:

The PRC is Back in ChargeThe Santa Fe Reporter

Court Leaves Regulators to Hash Out Coal Plant Closure – U.S. News and World Report

Supreme Court Declines to Rule on Constitutionality of ETANM Political Report