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Nez-Lizer approve CARES Act funds for several uses

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Vetoes ‘PET PROJECTS,’ ‘frivolous SPENDING’

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer approved portions of two separate resolutions that address the use of federal CARES Act funding for the Navajo Nation on July 4.

The Nez-Lizer Administration approved the following...

Congressman pleased with ICE decision change

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Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., was a co-signer to the July 9 letter to Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew T. Albence.

Lujan responded to the July 14 change by U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decision to prohibit distance learning for international students with this statement:

“International students enrich New Mexico’s colleges and universities. Their presence in the classroom benefits all students and prepares them to work in a global economy,” Lujan said. “I was proud to join more than 100 Members of Congress in demanding that the Trump administration drop its cruel...

Legal help when you’re out of luck

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A New Mexico judge knows what to do

When Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon was a practicing lawyer, she learned a lot about people who found themselves homeless and the problems they faced.

Before Bacon was on the New Mexico Supreme Court she served as a District Court Judge and before that as a practicing lawyer, who at one point worked at Cuidando Los Ninos in Albuquerque. Her focus at that time was on homeless youth.

In her efforts to champion the Access to Justice Commission, Bacon told the Gallup Sun July 8 about the many civil legal issues people at or below the poverty line can find themselves facing: things like eviction, employment problems, child custody, divorce...

Lujan Grisham signs public safety accountability bill

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SANTA FE—Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation July 8 that requires New Mexico police officers to wear body cameras as a deterrent against unlawful use of force and establishes strengthened accountability measures in instances of inappropriate excessive force.

The camera requirement applies to city police, county sheriff’s agencies as well as state police and the Department of Public Safety.

Law enforcement agencies must maintain the body camera footage for at least 120 days.

Police who interfere with the devices or otherwise flout the camera requirement could face penalties for withholding evidence.

In addition, Senate Bill 8 establishes that the Law Enforcement...

Governor signs three measures into law

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SANTA FE — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham affixed her signature to House Bill 5, Senate Bill 4, and Senate Bill 5 as June drew to a close.

House Bill 5 establishes the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission, a bipartisan, nine-member body, which will evaluate and make recommendations on the creation of a civil right of action for violations of state constitutional rights and on unnecessary excessive force by police officers.  It will also review the use of qualified immunity as a defense to liability by an employee of a public body. The commission will submit a report to the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee by Nov. 15.

Six members of the commission will be appointed by the...

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