#legislative session

In episode 78 we discuss what’s happening in Santa Fe at the legislative special session. It’s a unique situation up there; COVID-19 precautions have led to a locked-in session with no opportunity for citizens to attend in person. But first, we hear from organizers of the Albuquerque Juneteenth celebration commemorating 155 years since the official end of slavery in Texas, with the entire United States following soon after. 

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In episode 77 we dive into the state’s special legislative session that started today. The primary reason for the emergency meeting is to address the unexpected budget shortfall brought on by COVID-19 and the decimation of oil and gas markets that provide much of New Mexico’s public funding.

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New Mexico is among a handful of states that allow vague reporting on spending by lobbyists – people whose business it is to push an issue at the Roundhouse or otherwise try to influence the government. A new report last month shows how money is being spent and highlights the lack of transparency when it comes to money in politics. Executive Director of New Mexico Ethics Watch, Kathleen Sabo, sat down with KUNM to talk about the group's findings.

1.26.20 - New Mexico's Kids Count Data

Jan 28, 2020

1/26 7p: What can lawmakers do to help children in New Mexico?

This week on Generation Justice, we spoke with NM Voices for Children Deputy Director, Amber Wallin, about teen/child well-being in our state and the 2019 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

Each year, New Mexico Voices for Children releases the Kids Count data in preparation for the New Mexico State legislative session. Tune in to hear how our kids are doing and get an update on the events happening at the Roundhouse.