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SOS now to probe Martinez' radio ads (Listen)
(2011-02-25)
(KSFR) - New Mexico's secretary of state says her office is now beginning a formal investigation about who paid for a radio ad about drivers licenses for foreign nationals. Listen The attorney general's office also says it will review the question. The ad was designed to get public support for the governor's proposal to have the legislature vote on whether foreign nationals should be issued a drivers license. But KSFR News and several advocacy groups asked for a formal ruling whether pre-election campaign funds can be used to influence legislation after the elections. Secretary of State Diana Duran says she's convinced it was a proper expense.

It's Human Rights Day at the state capitol today and large numbers of healthcare providers and citizens from across the state are expected to put in an appearance at the Roundhouse. They'll be demonstrating support for a constitutional amendment that would recognize health care as a human right. Senate Joint Resolution 5, sponsored by state senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino, will go before the senate rules committee 8:30AM. Endorsers of SJR5 include the New Mexico Public Health Association, Health Action New Mexico and the League of Women Voters. If passed, the joint resolution will go to the House for a simple majority passage, ultimately placing the amendment before voters on the November ballot.

Another healthcare issue will be in the spotlight. It's a senate bill regarding patient protections crafted by senate president pro-tem Tim Jennings that would eliminate so-called "specialty tier" pricing for medication. It also would place a limit on patient co-pays and require notification to New Mexico patients of a change in their medications' status. The bill addresses those situations wherein a patient selects an insurance plan based on the cost of their specific medication, only to have the insurer later move that medication into a more expensive "specialty tier" within the first year of the policy.

As our governor urges cuts to the state's film incentive program, the Utah house has overwhelmingly voted to expand and make more permanent their own incentive program. Utah currently provides a 20% credit to tv and film production. The measure now going to their senate raises that amount to 25%. That matches the current New Mexico rate that Susana Martinez wants to whittle down to just 15%.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny today and Saturday with highs in the mid 50s. Clouds will be on the increase Saturday evening as a storm system begins to track across the state bringing cooler temperatures Sunday along with a 30% chance for snowshowers.
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