February 8, 2019 – New Mexico is not insulated from gun violence, and mass shootings. It was just a little over a year ago two students were shot at killed at Aztec High School. In response, lawmakers this year are proposing a slew of new gun control measures, from restrictions on who can have guns to how background checks are carried out. But even with a stronger democratic majority, these bills will no doubt face tough opposition in both the House and Senate. New Mexico in Focus Correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks with lawmakers about the pros and cons of these proposals and how they might all fare during this year’s 60-day session.
February 1, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line panelists discuss two very sensitive and controversial bills that have made another appearance during the 2019 legislation sessions. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham talked about one of them (HB 51) in her State of the State Address. That particular bill is a decades-old measure that makes it illegal for a doctor or hospital to perform an abortion, except in a limited set of situations. The bill is basically obsolete given the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the famous case Roe V. Wade. But, with changes on the Supreme Court, supporters want the state to repeal the bill before anything changes on the federal level. The other measure (HB 90) would allow for some terminally ill patients to legally receive medical help in ending their lives.
Line Panelists: Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney, public safety expert, and executive director of the Center for Law, Policy, & Public Safety, LLC
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management