Khalil Ekulona

Your N.M. Government Producer, Host
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Gwyneth Doland from New Mexico PBS joins me to break down PERA, The Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico. We talk about its current status, what the potential fixes are, and what lawmakers are doing about it. Gwyneth provides the realities of the situation and as always, great insight. 

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Nash Jones sits with me to discuss three important pieces of legislation: the Pregnancy Worker Accommodation Bill, the Tobacco Products Act and the Cannabis Regulation Act. Our conversation is a bit longer than we normally produce here at YNMG, but Nash has such great insight on the nuances of these bills, it makes for a great conversation.

Listen to Nash's coverage on KUNM

Pregnancy Worker Accommodation Bill 

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Matt Grubs from New Mexico PBS breaks down the decision by the house to table House Bills 29 and 77. The bills would provide a tax break to all New Mexican's who receive social security benefits. He explains what happens with those bills and talks about the future of the opportunity scholarship. 

To read an article on the House's decision to table the bills by The Albuquerque Journal's Dan McKay click here

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Leah Cantor from the Santa Fe Reporter joins the show to breakdown some of the energy bills that are circulating through the roundhouse. We talk specifically about the Community Solar Act, we also discuss some of the ongoing issues with the Public Regulation Commission. 

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Algernon D'Ammassa from the Las Cruces Sun News talks to me about the legislative issues that are resonating in the southern part of New Mexico. We talk about the hot button issues (recreational cannabis; the red flag law) but we also talk about the spaceport and its economic effects on the state.

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We are halfway through the legislative session and thought it would be a great idea if Kevin McDonald, Executive Producer for New Mexico PBS stopped by the studio to break down what has happened thus far and what we can expect. This is a fun conversation!  Kevin has great insight and knowledge!

 

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Kaveh Mowahed comes into the studio to talk about lobbyists and ethics. The New Mexico Ethics Watch commission just released a report. (Check it out here.) It has a few recommendations to help add more transparency to our state government. Listen close as Kaveh and I talk about the latest developments. 

Matt Grubs from New Mexico PBS talks with me about some of the budget issues being addressed in this year's session. The Legal Settlement Transparency Bill (SB 64), fixes to PERA and what that will mean for the state's retirement fund, as well as the 2020 budget passing the House Appropriations committee are all on deck for our conversation.

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Jeff Proctor from the Santa Fe Reporter joins me to give some historical context into criminal justice reform in New Mexico.  He also provides details on HB 263 and how that bill will affect those on probation and parole. 

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Listen to this great conversation with Laura Paskus of New Mexico PBS, as we talk about the environmental issues that are affecting the state and the steps that lawmakers are taking to answer them. She's been covering the environment in the land of enchantment for over 15 years and is full of great insight. 

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Gwyneth Doland of New Mexico PBS joins me to talk about the nuances and inner workings of the "Red Flag Bill" and what the proponents and opponents of the gun bill have to say about it. 

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Hanna Colton, public health and education reporter with KUNM, sits down with me in-studio to talk about a few of the education bills that are on deck at the Roundhouse. She also breaks down how you can find out more about the bills yourself.

I talk with Matt Grubs about the Wholesale Prescription Drug Act (SB1) to get a sense of its chances of passing and how it will affect New Mexicans. We talk about the "Red Flag" legislation and it's potential. We also chat about fiscal responsibility in government. 

 To read the SB1 bill click here

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Antonia Gonzales is the anchor and producer of National Native News and a correspondent for New Mexico PBS. We talk about some of the legislative issues that are important to the native community in New Mexico. She also speaks on the relationship between tribal leaders and state lawmakers, noting that while progress has been made, there is much more to be done.   

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I had a great  talk with Gwyneth Doland of KNME, where we discuss the fiscal responsiblity of our elected officals, the merits of the "Opportunity Scholarship," and the odds of recreational cannabis becoming a reality for New Mexico. 

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An in-studio talk with Hannah Colton, public health reporter for KUNM, where we discuss the education proposals on the docket for the 54th session of the state Legislature. We also talk about the governor's plans to increase the quality of the state's early childhood education program, as well as the Opportunity Scholarship proposal that is aimed to help older New Mexicans continue their education. 

Here's the bill for the Early Childhood Education plan, HB 83.

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The legislative session is underway—30 days to pass measures and laws that affect everyone in New Mexico. What‘s being considered? Who’s behind these bills? How will they make an impact on your life? 

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