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Legislators seek to update privacy laws

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SANTA FE – Two New Mexico lawmakers announced sponsorship of a bill on Jan. 19 that would require New Mexico law enforcement to obtain a search warrant in order to obtain personal electronic records.

Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe and Rep. Jim Dines, R-Albuquerque, announced their co-sponsored legislation, backed by the...

NM Senators want expedited ruling on ABQ DWI seizure law

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Two New Mexico state Senators filed a motion in their ongoing legal battle with the City of Albuquerque regarding the city’s practice of seizing cars after DWI arrests but before convictions.

The Institute for Justice filed the motion on behalf of Sens. Lisa Torraco, R-Albuquerque, and Daniel Ivey Soto, D-Albuquerque, and asked district court judge to expedite a ruling based solely on the law.

“It basically says we don’t need to do any discovery,” Ivey Soto told NM Political Report on Jan. 20. “So, we’re saying, ‘Judge, read the law.’”

The referenced law is one that Gov. Susana Martinez signed in 2015 with the intention of ending the practice of taking personal...

President touts Economic Development summit

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TWIN ARROWS RESORT – A new dawn for economic development on the Navajo Nation.

That’s how Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathan Nez envision the future for the Navajo people.

President Russell Begaye stated that economic development contributes to job creation which is one of the four pillars of the Begaye-Nez Administration. The four pillars of the administration are Veterans/ Veterans Services, Youth/Elders, Infrastructure and Job Creation.

“The Navajo Nation is at a pivotal point in time where we are faced with declining revenues; therefore, we must work together as a diplomatic team to generate new funding sources for the Navajo...

Vigil exploring another run for Secretary of State

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A former New Mexico Secretary of State announced on Wednesday that she is seeking petition signatures to run for the position again.

On her personal Facebook page, Rebecca Vigil wrote that she was seeking 5,000 signatures by Feb. 2 to secure a spot in the Democratic pre-primaries. She said she has not officially announced her candidacy and was clear that she had a long way to go.

“I have several bridges to cross before I can make the announcement that I will be in the race for Secretary of State,” Vigil wrote.

NM Political Report tried to contact Vigil on Wednesday, but spoke to her on the phone Thursday morning.

“This is not a formal announcement,” Vigil said. “I have a...

Revenue projections continue to fall as oil prices stay low

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Revenue projections continue to fall thanks to oil prices remaining lower than previous projections, meaning that there could be some tough decisions in the upcoming legislative session.

The new projections show that legislators will have $232 million in new funds for the upcoming legislative session, which is down by $61 million from the previous projections. The projections are for the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and came at a Legislative Finance Committee meeting on Monday.

Even with the reduced amount, Senate Finance Committee chair John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, was skeptical of the projection.

“We hope the revenues materialize, but it’s going to be extremely painful if they...

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