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NM Senate Passes Historic Compromise, Bipartisan REAL ID-Compliant Driver’s License Legislation

on February 14, 2016 - 8:09am

NM SENATE DEMOCRATS News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate Saturday night unanimously approved House Bill 99, as amended, an historic, bipartisan compromise to bring the state’s driver’s licenses into compliance with federal REAL ID requirements.

The bill now advances to the House of Representatives for concurrence with the Senate’s amendments. The measure would make New Mexico driver’s licenses compliant with the federal REAL ID Act if it is approved by the House, and signed by the Governor.

“After six years of impasse, Republican Senate Leader Stuart Ingle and I worked collectively to

Luján On Death Of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

on February 14, 2016 - 7:42am

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

From The Office Of Rep. Ben Ray Luján

SANTA FE – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement Saturday evening on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Scalia, 79, was found dead of apparent natural causes Saturday at a resort in Texas.

“Justice Antonin Scalia dedicated much of his life to public service and never wavered in his dedication to the Court. Over his three decades of service as a Supreme Court Justice, he took his duty to interpret the law seriously.

'Sheriff Qualifications' SB 203 Deemed Unconstitutional

on February 13, 2016 - 8:12am

STATE News:

Senate Bill 203 is deemed unconstitutional.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Martinez announced Friday afternoon that SB 203 was withdrawn by the sponsor because it was determined to be unconstiutional. 

Michael Padilla sponsored SB 203, which addressed qualifications for sheriff.

Armstrong Pushes Bill To Strengthen Medicaid Fraud

on February 13, 2016 - 7:40am
Rep. Deborah Armstrong
 
STATE News:
 
Rep. Deborah Armstrong’s bill to give the New Mexico Attorney General increased authority in investigating false Medicaid claims was heard in the House Health Committee Thursday, only a few days after Attorney General Hector Balderas cleared 10 more behavioral health providers accused of Medicaid fraud more than two years ago by the Martinez Administration.
 
“While HB 201 does not relate directly to the alleged Medicaid fraud within the state’s behavioral health system,” Armstrong said, “the disastrous disruption in services those allegations caused made it

VIDEO: Heinrich Questions Intelligence Officials On Strategy To Defeat ISIS

on February 13, 2016 - 7:23am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  During a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, on worldwide threats, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) emphasized that Arab partners are integral in the fight to destroy ISIS. Heinrich also discussed the ongoing effort to dismantle ISIS's financial resources.
 
The Committee received testimony from Director Of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. and Director Of The Defense Intelligence Agency, Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, United States Marine Corps.
 
During the hearing, Heinrich stressed that the

EM Releases WIPP Recovery Fact Sheet

on February 12, 2016 - 8:56pm

DOE EM News:

CARLSBAD — February 2016 marks two years since the underground fire and radiological release events forced the temporary closure of EM's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP).

Since that time, progress in the recovery of the underground has included mine stability and habitability, initial panel closure, radiological risk remediation, and the addition of an interim ventilation system. Additionally, the site has made significant changes to all safety management programs.

Additionally, in response to investigations from the Accident Investigation Boards (AIB), the site has made

House Unanimously Approves Bill To Protect Mothers And Children

on February 12, 2016 - 7:56pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill that would allow mothers to terminate the parental rights of a biological father when the pregnancy is the result of rape.

House Bill 50 is sponsored by Rep. Conrad James and passed on a unanimous 58 to 0 vote.

“This bill protects mothers and their children from suffering continued harm after a sexual assault,” James said. “It offers a measure of compassion by allowing survivors of rape to sever all ties with the person who assaulted them.

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