Under current law, legislators can receive retirement benefits at any age after leaving office, provided they’ve served 10 years. They can collect retirement benefits at 65 if they were in office for five years.
Candelaria’s proposal was endorsed by the Legislature’s Investments and Pension Oversight Committee, which agreed to introduce it in the legislative session that convenes in January.
But the poll finds Diane Gibson leading Janice Arnold-Jones 47.7 percent to 42 percent.
The package includes bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans expanding access to federal public lands for hunting and fishing.Now if Congress can actually pass the bill...
Heinrich sponsored two of the bills: the Hunt Unrestricted on National Treasures (HUNT) Act and a bill to reauthorize the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (FLTFA).
Although it is widely believed that humans have been consuming horse meat for eons, the practice in the United States died out centuries ago. But that doesn't mean that horses haven't been routinely slaughtered in this country for export oversees through 2006. At that point there were 3 large Belgian owned slaughter plants in the US. Due to a change in legislation, those plants were forced to shutter their doors in 2007.
Maldonado is among those experiencing sticker shock due to the recent passage of bonds and mill levies, coupled with an incremental increase of assessed valuations.
“I understand, but I think that was kind of high,” Maldonado said after receiving an explanation of his property taxes from personnel at the County assessor’s office.
Three Albuquerque Solid Waste employees are accused of brutally harassing staff. The employees worked at three Solid Waste convenience centers: Eagle Rock, Montessa Park and Don Reservoir. They're accused of harassing co-workers about their race, sexuality and gender.
"They would call him a n*****, cotton picker, monkey," said one woman who says she witnessed the harassment.
"Much of the surrounding region is 'dry' -- including the nearby reservation and, as a result, people come to Farmington to purchase alcohol," the document states. "Hence, drunk driving and public intoxication occur fairly frequently."
Leonard Gorman, the executive director of the Navajo Human Rights Commission, said the language in the document is insensitive. The document mentions the problems that come from Navajos buying alcohol in Farmington and does not mention the positive effects Navajo spending brings to the community, he said.
Flynn acknowledged certain areas are experiencing water shortages and said the state needs to identify ways to reuse and conserve water. He added that the agriculture industry consumes 75 percent of the state's water each year, a number which he said is drastically high. He said some communities have had water shortages, including a recent high profile shortage in the small community of Magdalena in Socorro County, in which water had to be delivered from other nearby towns.
"We believe drinkable water is a human right," he said.
While there might not be much need for outdoor irrigation right now, the relaxed restrictions do allow city water users to wash their cars at home, something they haven’t been able to do legally for years. But you’d better use a hose with a shutoff nozzle. Failure to do so could open you up to a fine.The current level of water restrictions dated back to April of 2011, the Las Vegas Optic reported.
Debbie Dusenbery allegedly embezzled nearly a half-million dollars from the bureau and spent some of the money on trips and gifts for friends. Becky Walling, the former director, received a $100,000 life insurance policy payment when Dusenbery killed herself shortly after authorities began investigating the bureau's finances, according to city documents.
Some of the policy premiums were paid for with bureau money, which mostly comes from the city's lodgers tax, according to a letter dated April 18 that City Manager Rob Mayes mailed to Walling. In the letter, obtained Wednesday by The Daily Times, he asked that she consider donating the policy's funds to the bureau.