Lawmakers can’t solicit contributions while at the Capitol but can accept them; they blocked a law to close that loophole this year.
The infrastructure bill includes millions of dollars for upgrades to Santa Fe’s airport, a new crime lab for state police and dormitories at the New Mexico School for the Arts.
Gpv. Michelle Lujan Grisham said that while House Bill 564 was built on “sound policy considerations,” she felt some of the key players in the criminal justice system were not included in the legislative debates.
“This bill will take guns away from a domestic abuser at the most critical time,” said Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Albuquerque, one of three Democratic sponsors of Senate Bill 328. “I really believe that this is going to save lives.”
House Bill 55 allows New Mexico to join a compact of states that would allocate their electors in a presidential campaign to the candidate that wins the most votes nationally.
In signing the bills, the new Democratic governor contrasted herself with Republican predecessor Susana Martinez, a former prosecutor who vetoed some similar measures in past years.
Legislators this month approved a bill that would allow the university to sign an agreement to open a campus in San Luis Potosí. It would be built and operated by a group of private investors.
In a letter to House Minority Leader Jim Townsend on Thursday, the secretary of state said this is not the sort of law that voters can repeal through a public vote.
Legislation awaiting the governor’s signature calls for a task force to develop a system to fill gaps in the state’s child-protection services.
Troubled by a teacher shortage, officials say they are aiming to finalize a rule outlining teacher evaluation standards that could become law in 2020.