Morning Word: FCC Considers Net Neutrality Rules
Right-to-work legislation heads to state SenateMorning WordThursday, February 26, 2015
It's Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission plans to adopt net neutrality rules today. The details of the FCC's regulation haven't been released, despite objections from two Republican commissioners. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has revealed a broad outline of what he wants the FCC to do:
Prevent broadband providers from blocking any legal Internet content and prohibit them from creating fast lanes for content providers that pay extra for this prioritization.
US Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, wants to make sure federal workers continue to get paid if funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out.
In December, Congress passed a $1.014 trillion funding package that avoided a full government shutdown but left DHS and its more than 240,000 federal employees in limbo with only partial-year funding that expires this Friday, Feb. 27. The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act of 2015 is similar to language passed into law during or following previous government shutdowns.
US Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico, doesn’t want the Albuquerque Police Department to have access to a Department of Defense training center in the future.
The training center, east of Albuquerque in Coyote Canyon, offers a variety of classes for federal agents and the military to train on how to keep nuclear materials safe and secure. It also offers classes that cover topics such as “force on force,” “vehicle ambush,” and “tactical leadership,” according to the training center’s website.Lujan Grisham cited APD’s use of force and questions about police militarization as reasons to suspend the training.
Photojournalists are questioning why two City of Albuquerque officials shut down a fired police officer’s personnel hearing because they didn’t want to be “depicted” on video recording. While administrative hearings are quasi-judicial, they are required to follow civil procedures and state law. The New Mexico Open Meetings Act requires government employees make reasonable accommodations for both audio and video recordings.
While school board members contemplate new contract incentives to retain Superintendent Joel Boyd, people in Fort Worth Texas are questioning if he’s the best choice to lead their district.
After being suspended for a day for walking out of class to protest PARCC tests, a group of teens want to set up a meeting with Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera.
Las Cruces students are planning to protest the new tests by walking out of class on Monday.
Some parents are still trying to figure out if they are legally permitted to opt their children out of the tests.
The Public Regulation Commission has decided to wait until after lawmakers consider how ridesharing companies – like Lyft and Uber – should be regulated in New Mexico before issuing the companies actual operating permits.
In the most recent case, Franchini said, a 2010 state Supreme Court decision allowed people who had an uninsured claim within the previous seven years to reopen their claims and renegotiate the settlements, forcing insurance carriers to pay out around $350 million in additional claims they hadn’t set aside reserves to cover.
- After weeks of debate, House members voted 37-30 to pass right-to-work legislation – Santa Fe New Mexican.
- A majority of states have independent ethics commissions, now New Mexico is one step closer to getting its own – Deborah Baker has more.
- Bills to protect children are rolling smoothly through the Legislature – Vik Jolly has a recap.
- Investigative reporter Larry Barker, following bills that require more health care pricing transparency, reveals some of the hospitals’ secrets – KRQE.
- A measure that would allow beer and wine delivery to people’s home is advancing through committees – Santa Fe New Mexican.
- New Mexico Supreme Court justices are considering whether the City of Albuquerque can ban its employees from serving in the Legislature – Dan McKay reports.
- The Senate has confirmed two more of Gov. Susana Martinez’ cabinet secretaries – Dan Boyd.
- New Mexico In Depth has been tracking lobbyist spending in Santa Fe, now they have a story about how other states have more extensive reporting requirements, including disclosure of which bills they are working on – Michael Sol Warren.
- If teachers can be evaluated and ranked, Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, thinks cabinet secretaries should also be evaluated and scored – Milan Simonich.
Lee Zlotoff, the man who created MacGyver, is headed to Santa Fe to open a new publishing house. "It'll be cheaper to find designers and editors in Santa Fe than in San Francisco or New York City, and Santa Fe is a very cosmopolitan town; there's a certain Bohemian cool to it," he said.
Billy the Kid’s hideout house during the Lincoln County War is for sale.
More details are emerging from that newsroom fracas at KOB.