Lawmakers finally make hay in lifting restrictions

Government legislation seldom accomplishes its stated intention. But one bill approved by New Mexico lawmakers this week is certain to make things better for us all — because it relaxes government oversight. Senate Bill 56, sponsored by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and signed by Gov. Susana Martinez, lifts restrictions on hay hauling. Before Tuesday, oversized [...]

General obligation bonds up for election

Freedom New Mexico State Representative Dennis Roch (R-Tucumcari) announced that the House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 1, legislation which would allow voters to consider four General Obligation (G.O.) bonds in the November election. “In this tough economic climate, capital outlay funding is simply unavailable,” Roch said. “My colleagues and I therefore felt it [...]

Governor signs water authority bill

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson cleared the way for the next step in the Ute Water Project, signing new legislation Saturday in Clovis. House Bill 15, signed into law in a ceremony at the Clovis-Carver Public Library, changes the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority into a utility authority. The authority [...]

Press release: Bill passed to allow voters to consider four G.O. bonds

Freedom New Mexico State Representative Dennis Roch (R-Tucumcari) announced that the House of Representatives has passed Senate Bill 1, legislation which would allow voters to consider four General Obligation (G.O.) bonds in the November election. “In this tough economic climate, capital outlay funding is simply unavailable,” Roch said. “My colleagues and I therefore felt it [...]

Identity theft laws should come after slow consideration

Few things can be more infuriating than having someone steal your identity — Social Security number, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, even your medical records. Such “identity theft” — as well as the related simple loss or unauthorized release of personal information — is occurring more often in our digitized society. On Monday, California [...]

Ute Lake Water project heads to Senate

Jack King Federal authorization legislation for the Ute Water Project will be submitted to the U.S. Senate in June, a spokeswoman for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said Thursday. Officials have said authorization legislation is required before the project can be eligible for federal funds. Jude McCartin, Bingaman’s Washington press representative, said authorization legislation will not [...]