Rep. Terry McMillan, R-Las Cruces said the Doña Ana clerk’s decision to issue marriage licenses is “jumping the gun” on the legal questions the courts are charged to answer.
“It’s not clear to me what’s gotten into his head,” McMillan said, referring to Ellins. “We know the Supreme Court has a case on their docket that will certainly be appropriate for helping define marriage in the state of New Mexico, but they have not issued a ruling on that.”
News 13 polled every county clerk in New Mexico on Thursday. Most said they'll wait on the courts or state lawmakers to decide the issue. Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal said she'll make her decision if and when same-sex couples comes into her office and apply.I'd expect a same-sex couple to try to get a license in Valencia County today.
In absence of a court ruling on the legality of gay marriage in the state, Simonson said a longer-term question for the same-sex couples who've gotten licenses is how the licenses will be treated by a spectrum of agencies that deal with marriage.
"The Doña Ana County clerk recognizes those marriages as valid, but does anyone else?" he said. "Do other counties recognize them as valid? Will the federal government recognize them as valid? It creates a great deal of uncertainty for those couples who are getting marriage licenses."
Lawmakers from both parties expressed frustration over how little information HSD had shared with them about its allegations against 15 audited behavioral health provider agencies, and concern over reported disruptions in care.
But HSD will make the $10.3 million change to its budget anyway, Deputy Secretary Brent Ernest told lawmakers. HSD Cabinet Secretary Sidonie Squier, who did not attend the hearing, citing a medical issue, had said as much Monday in a letter to LFC Director David Abbey.
In response to a Journal request under the Inspection of Public Records Act, King’s office also released several redacted emails.
But notes on the documents released Thursday show that even auditors’ “methods” were redacted.
Though the majority of the attendees were bilingual and pro-immigration reform, there were scattered shouts of "Speak English!" if an attendee asked a question in Spanish. And many heated discussions broke out between the two sides regarding the limited chairs in the room.
One attendee asked Pearce if stricter background checks for gun purchases would have prevented a teen from bringing hundreds of rounds of ammunition to a Georgia elementary school, holding staff members captive and firing at police. The teen was arrested without incident.
Pearce said "America's heart" needs to change, not gun laws.
When Congress resumes on Sept. 9, it faces a deadline of Oct. 1 to pass key bills that will keep the government in operation. “Some of my GOP colleagues say if they don’t get their way, they advocate shutting down the government,” Luján said, and called for constituents to “be vocal” about their opposition to a government shutdown.
Lujan also called for comprehensive immigration reform that would help undocumented immigrants become U.S. citizens. “The current immigration system is broken,” said Lujan, noting there are undocumented immigrants in New Mexico who are paying taxes and not getting anything in return. He commended dairy farmers, who were in attendance, for their support of immigration reform.
“As representatives of one of America’s largest manufacturing industries, ACC and its members want to acknowledge Sen. Udall’s leadership on issues that encourage strong domestic energy policy, support small businesses and promote rational, science-based chemical regulation—policies that will foster innovation, stimulate our economy and put people in the state and across the country in good-paying jobs,” Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the organization said in a news release.
Due to the conditions of the grant, REDI Net can only provide its network to “middle mile” providers like government institutions and private businesses. “Last mile” Internet service providers can then use the middle-mile providers to tap into the network and sell the service to consumers. North Central New Mexico Economic Development District Financial and Strategic Planning Manager Duncan Sill, who heads the REDI Net project and was the ceremony’s host, has said that Plateau, Cibola, and Cyber Mesa are all capable providers who can service Española and Rio Arriba County.
Steve Jenison, the former chairman of the Medical Advisory Board, is concerned. He tells SFR he’s worried about a potential conflict of interest since Rosenberg himself refers patients to the program for certification.
But DOH spokesman Kenny Vigil doesn’t believe there is conflict.
Almost 22 percent of employees who were legally authorized to work in the United States said they too had been cheated on pay, Schrank said.
“Workers who suffer wage theft are also more likely to suffer verbal and physical abuse, forced overtime, denial of rest periods and the like,” he said.