The momentum is picking up for legislation that would tighten background checks on gun sales, and it could be brought to the floor of the House this week. The compromise bill has some Republican lawmakers' and the governor's support.
Albuquerque Representative Miguel P. Garcia is the sponsor of the bill which mandates background checks at gun shows and removes the provision to have the Department of Public Safety handle the checks. Instead the onus would be placed on the gun seller to get approval of the sale.
New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal to make it a felony for a drunken boater to kill or seriously injure someone.
The proposal by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Texico unanimously passed the House on Thursday with no debate.
The legislation will create crimes for intoxicated boaters similar to vehicular homicide by drunken drivers.
It's already against the law to operate a motorboat under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The legislation would make it a third-degree felony for a drunken boater to kill someone or cause "great bodily harm."
New Mexico's homeless programs that help people get a fresh start could get a funding boost if a legislative bill wins approval in Santa Fe.
Senate Bill 50 is sponsored by Albuquerque Republican Sander Rue. He says as a member of the Mortgage Finance Authority interim committee, he wanted to do something to help homeless people and families hit hard by the recession.
President Obama has made gun control one of his administrations top priorities in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. Here in New Mexico, a flurry of gun control laws have been introduced by lawmakers who say they want to reduce gun violence. Their legislative methods are quite different, though.
Stephen Halbrook says the climate around discussions of the Second Amendment has changed drastically since the early 1980s when UNM Press first published his book, That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitutional Right.
New Mexico's congressional delegation has sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education hoping to avoid a punitive reduction in Special Education funds to the state. Officials say that the Feds could penalize the state close to 43 million dollars unless New Mexico is granted a waiver by the USDE.
The State needs the waivers because it slashed its portion of special education spending below the amount required to receive federal supplemental funding in 2010 and '11.
A bill that would provide money for incomplete road construction projects is moving through committees at the Roundhouse. The measure is concurrent with a study showing New Mexico's roads and bridges are in poor condition.