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Governor signs affordable housing, infrastructure bills into law

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SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed bills into law that will help address New Mexico’s need for housing and infrastructure, including roads, bridges, water and broadband on Feb. 28.

“These bills are going to make a huge difference in the state’s ability to take advantage of every dollar when it comes to...

Navajo Nation Council meets with New York congressman to discuss voting issues

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TSE BONITO, New Mexico — The 25th Navajo Nation Council met with U.S. Congressman Joseph Morelle, D-NY, to discuss concerns and recommendations regarding voting and elections issues to build the congressional record in support of the Native American Voting Rights Act on Feb. 19.

Navajo Nation Council Speaker Crystalyne Curley (Tachee/Blue Gap, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tselani/Cottonwood, Low Mountain) provided testimony that focused on areas of geographic distance, language and institutional barriers, and socio-economic realities. Curley discussed how issues like public transportation, rural addressing, and out of precinct voting have impacted Navajo voters.

“Protecting the Native...

Lester Yazzie sworn in as District Six interim Council Delegate

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WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. — In coordination with the Navajo Nation Election Administration and the Judicial Branch, Lester Yazzie took his Oath of Office at the Navajo Nation Supreme Court to serve as the interim Council Delegate for District 6 (Baahaali, Chilchiltah, Manuelito, Red Rock, Rock Springs, Tsayatoh) on Feb. 14.

Yazzie will replace former Council Delegate Seth Damon who resigned on Jan. 22 to take a position as the Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department.

“I’m proud to represent the District 6 Chapters and to continue the vision of bettering the communities for all youth, elders, and veterans,” Yazzie said. “I’d like to thank the District Six...

Legislature approves much of Governor’s agenda

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SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned its 30-day session on Feb. 15 having passed much of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s legislative agenda.

However, the governor is seriously considering a special session to press for additional public safety protections that New Mexicans demand. Lawmakers approved a $10.2 billion budget for FY 2025, a 6.8% increase over current-year state spending. The Legislature passed a total of 72 bills, 48 of which were proposed or supported by the governor and state agencies. Bills backed by the governor and approved by lawmakers mak esignificant investments in New Mexico roads, parks, literacy programs, health care and more, but much work...

Bill banning firearms from polling places on way to governor’s desk

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SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate passed an amended public safety bill on Jan. 14 that largely prohibits the carrying of firearms at polling places.

The Firearms Near Polling Places bill, Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth and supported by the governor, prohibits the carrying of firearms within 100 feet of a polling place during an election with some exceptions.

“New Mexicans should be able to exercise their right to vote without fear of intimidation or, worse, violence,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “This legislation solidifies what we already know: Guns do not belong at polling places.”

The final version of the bill includes exemptions for certified peace...

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