Over the years, legislators have tinkered with some laws to reflect current values, but Torraco said there is a lot of updating that still needs to happen.
"We don't even properly address Internet crimes, so there's this whole new world of crimes that New Mexico is not even properly addressing," she said.
King told the Legislative Finance Committee that he hoped to issue reports before the end of this year on some of the 14 nonprofit organizations that in late June were suspended from receiving Medicaid reimbursement for mental health and substance abuse services. He cautioned lawmakers that it could take longer, however.
The Human Services Department referred allegations of fraud, mismanagement and overbilling to King's office for investigation. Details of the allegations have not been publicly released.
Balderas told reporters after the hearing that in addition to his annual financial audit of the department, he’s also performing a “risk review” of the $3 million, 350-page audit of the behavioral health providers, performed by Public Consultant Group, a Boston firm hired by the Human Services Department.
That audit — which estimated some $36 million in overpayments to the providers — does not specify which allegations of possible fraud apply to which providers, Balderas said. “We are still in the process of gathering specific facts about how Human Services verified credible allegations of fraud.”
I have to applaud the high court for their unprecedented step of allowing TV and radio stations to stream yesterday's proceedings. The Supreme Court hearing room itself is surprisingly tiny, with only 40 seats or so for spectators -- and a big chunk of those seats yesterday were taken up by plaintiffs and county clerks, who were part of the case.
She said the State Auditor’s Office and a private firm, Moss Adams LLP, are jointly conducting an audit of Bernalillo County, focusing on the fiscal year that ended June 30. Such audits are routine.
The letter notifies Bernal that auditors won’t always tell his office ahead of time what they want and that they might ask Bernal’s staff questions during their visits.
According to the LLNL release, Knapp is a recognized expert in national security with 26 years of work experience at LLNL in programmatic roles of increasing responsibility before he joined the senior management team at LANL in 2006. "He is an energetic and passionate leader with 33 years of combined experience between the two labs," Pattiz said.
The $3,000 showing of financial support through small individual contributions allows the candidate to qualify for $60,000 in municipal money to spend on campaign costs while forgoing donations from other private sources. The deadline to qualify is Nov. 18.
Andrew Lipman, POTF chair, told FNS that his group should have recommendations for possible changes to the official police oversight commission ready for city councilors to consider by the end of December. “We need to keep on moving,” Lipman said.
The task force Lipman chairs grew out of public concerns arising from 28 officer-involved shootings -- 17 of them fatal -- between 2010 and 2012, as well as criticisms that the existing Police Oversight Commission (POC) wasn’t doing its job to hold officers accountable.
Those three pieces are the Navajo Nation Energy Policy of 2013, $4.1 million for the purchase of Navajo Mine from BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal and amendments requested by NTEC and BHP Billiton that Council passed Wednesday night to change the plan of operation of the new energy company to help it acquire Navajo Mine.
Former general manager Wayne Sowell said claims against the Co-op in district court, related to the state’s largest wildfire at the time, stand at $203 million. The Co-op has $21 million of insurance coverage, he said.
"If the plaintiffs are successful, the Co-op will have to file Chapter 11 (bankruptcy)," Sowell said.
A San Miguel County Commissioner angrily walked off the job at New Mexico Highlands University, but not before crumbling up his suspension letter and tossing it, along with his keys, in the face of his supervisor.
A university police report filed in the case also states that Ron Ortega threatened the supervisor, Kent Reid, who at the time was the interim director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands.
City attorney Stephen Thies, in a letter to City Manager Jim Stahle, identified several possible violations to "administrative rules, including liquor being served after 2 a.m. and as late as 4:30 a.m., violations of a private party rule and sales to intoxicated persons.
"Per EPA, this joint rule will provide greater consistency, certainty and predictability nationwide by providing clarity for determining where the Clean Water Act applies and where it does not," Taylor said. "Per The American Land Rights Association, the EPA and the Army Corps are attempting to neutralize the requirement that the two agencies have jurisdiction over 'navigable waters' only; to gain jurisdiction over all water in the United States, and all activities affecting all water; and to regulate water now considered entirely under state jurisdiction."One possible reason this came to light? Fox News brought it up, per the liberal Media Matters.
"It isn't a burning issue with us," said Arthur Allison, cabinet secretary of the department.Redskins owner Dan Snyder has stood strong against changing the name of the team.
Allison, right, said tribal nations remain attuned to sports nicknames that are derogatory or offensive.
According to the ordinance, residents with lots a quarter of an acre in size or smaller may keep two colonies. Bees are not allowed on lots smaller than 2,400 square feet.And so ends the Morning Word coverage of this important topic.
As lot sizes increase, so does the number of hives a person may keep. For example, a person with a one-acre lot my keep eight hives, whereas someone with a tract of land where hives can be kept at least 200 feet from the nearest property line can have an unlimited number of hives.
“When graduation was on Friday morning, the district was in full compliance with their non-discrimination policy,” said Dwight Thompson in his email to the DOJ, “but when they moved it to Saturday, knowing it (would) cause conflict among their student population, that is when it discriminated against student participation.”
Santa Teresa High School football coach Shae Vierra has received hundreds of hateful messages after it was announced he suggested the nickname Chihuahuas for the El Paso Triple A baseball team.It is a bad name, but is it any worse than the New Orleans Pelicans? Or the Utah Jazz?