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Lawmakers' comments during a hearing on the proposal Monday, a day before the session's start, raised questions about whether it will gain enough support to pass the Legislature. 

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Counties say they face rising costs for transporting state prisoners and providing behavioral health care to state inmates housed in county jails and youth centers.

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There's actually a fairly close connection between the budget recommendations recently released by the executive and legislative branches.

After senators blocked some of the progressive measures she favored last year, Michelle Lujan Grisham is approaching the second session of her administration concentrating on small wins and compromises with lawmakers.

Lyla Johnston, the first to challenge House Speaker Brian Egolf for his seat in years, plans to fast for seven days on the capitol steps at the start of the legislative session on Jan. 21 to draw attention to her seven-point political plan.