Morning Word: Special Session Up in the Air
Governor leaves the door openMorning WordTuesday, March 31, 2015
It's Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Without funding for community projects, a tax package or education reform, some political analysts have suggested Gov. Susana Martinez call a short one- or two-day special session. The Albuquerque Journal reports she has no plans to schedule one, but ABQ Business First says there’s a small chance she will.
"If I were to have a special session, it wouldn't be just for capital outlay. It's not just about capital outlay. If we see a justified pact can be made, there's always room for discussion," Martinez said.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has decided to limit the use of outside contract attorneys. The decision follows a story in The New York Times about his predecessor, Gary King, partnering with private attorneys to sue a nursing home operator in New Mexico.
A Santa Fe City Councilor says a new report showing official mismanagement of a $30.3 million parks and trail construction bond is “horrifying.”
The Indiana measure is similar to one in New Mexico.
Our own so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act was made law in 1978, and limits the government's ability to stop the quote "free exercise of religion"—defined in New Mexico as "an act, or refusal to act that is substantially motivated by religious belief."
Tularosa-area families who live downwind from the Trinity atomic bomb test site are planning to protest a weekend tour of the range. They claim the country hasn’t dealt with the long-range health effects of the radiation fallout in the area since the first Manhattan Project bombs exploded there 70 years ago.
They included anti-Semitic slurs written on mailing labels and stuck on the door of an Albuquerque Jewish delicatessen; the distribution of hate literature in Albuquerque; and anti-Semitic picketing in Santa Fe during a protest of the Israeli invasion and shelling of Gaza.
The City of Albuquerque animal shelters appear to be allowing families to adopt dogs with a dangerous history of aggression.
In more than 100 cases last year, the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department has allowed the dogs to be adopted by families or returned to their owners even though they flunked nationally recognized standardized tests that showed the animals had dangerous tendencies.Two employees have resigned in protest.
Both say they have taken their concerns to city animal welfare director Barbara Bruin, who has dismissed their complaints, overruled their recommendations and even reprimanded them for raising the public safety concerns.
The US Attorney for the District of New Mexico Damon Martinez has been appointed vice chairman of the Native American Issues Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee.
Ecocats, Earthletes and Shades of Green. Those are your top three state high school Envirothon teams.
Envirothon is an international competition that tests students chops in topics about the environment and natural resource management—forestry, wildlife, aquatics, soils and a “current topic” that this year is urban and community forestry.
It’s taken years to get off the ground in Santa Fe, but after much hullabaloo, the 11-screen Violet Crown Theaters are set to open the doors of the brand-new Railyard space at the end of April.