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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 

Top Stories of 2019: #3 and #2 | The Line

Line PNM Carbon Free

January 3, 2020 – Gene Grant and NMiF’s all-journalist Line panel keep reeling off discussions about 2019’s top stories. The year’s third most talked-about story is the passage of the Energy Transition Act. Designed to save PNM stockholders from bearing the cost of shutting down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station, the law passes the costs on to ratepayers. But it also forces PNM into a 100 percent renewable energy generation in the next 25 years. Meanwhile, the Public Regulation Commission is still at odds with the Legislature over the power play, and the Supreme Court will soon weigh in on the question of whether the PRC can still regulate the power plant’s shutdown. The year’s second biggest story could easily have been the first. After a judge ordered New Mexico to come up with a sufficient way to fund education for lower income students, Native, English language learners and others, lawmakers scrambled to inject hundreds of millions of dollars into the state’s K-12 school budget. Despite increasing teacher pay and changing how schools consider educating diverse populations, plaintiffs in the Yazzie-Martinez lawsuit say New Mexico needs to do far more.

Line Panelists:
Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

For More Information:
State Lawmakers Revisit Landmark Energy ActAssociated Press

Legislators Work to Craft Policy Response to Education LawsuitNM in Depth

Plaintiffs Say Solution Still Shortchanges SchoolsNM in Depth