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 ofrecreational 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
January 3, 2020 – Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel continue to count down the top stories of 2019. Part art, part science, the list is based on impact and amount of time spent discussing it throughout the year. After decades spent debating the creation of an ethics commission, New Mexico voters made it so, and lawmakers spent much of the rest of the year prescribing how the new commission will go about its business. Similarly, the year’s fourth biggest story looked forward to potentially legalizing recreational cannabis. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed a task force to explore how the state’s medical cannabis program – which she ushered into existence as health secretary – would interact with legal recreational use. The Line’s journalists look ahead to the chances of legalization making it through the Legislature in 2020.
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