A prior version of this article incorrectly stated that the state Human Services Department is seeking the largest budget increase of any state agency. The department is seeking one of the largest increases, but not the largest.
After a rancorous and wide-ranging debate, state senators voted 29-9 Tuesday for a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow judges to deny bail to defendants they consider dangerous and to release from jail nonviolent prisoners who simply lack the money to post bail.
With Tuesday’s amendments, House Bill 99 would allow people who don’t prove citizenship or legal status to obtain two-year renewable driving privilege cards — instead of having to renew annually — and wouldn’t require fingerprinting.
Sen. John Arthur Smith said the proposal is a “backup” in case the state’s revenue picture takes another turn for the worse.
New Mexico House lawmakers Tuesday made it clear that a broom, not a chopping block, is the preferred tool to find money that can pay for basic government services in the wake of falling revenue.
We always need to do these projects with the five “rights:” the right people, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way.