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First News: A summary of Legislative session 2012 (listen)
(2012-02-17)
(KSFR) - The 2012 30-day regular session of lawmakers concluded Thursday at noon.
Of significant accomplishments in the session, lawmakers passed a $5.6 billion dollar budget for fiscal year 2013, representing a 4% increase over the current year. Governor Martinez, in a post-session press conference, praised the bipartisan work that arrived at the spending package. The governor holds line-item veto power that could be used to scratch specific allocations not to her liking.

Three reform measures targeting the state's Public Regulation Commission will be going on the November general election ballot asking voters to amend the state constitution. If the trio of reforms are passed, the PRC will have some of it duties moved to the secretary of state; it's Insurance Division powers will be eliminated and set up under separate control and the qualifications for running for the PRC would be upped to require a higher education degree and other related experience.

A separate measure but also to appear on the November ballot is a proposal to make the state public defender's office an independent part of government, rather than a part of the governor's administration.

The Legislature approved a $140 million capital outlay bundle for brick-and-mortar projects statewide. Some $14 million of the total will be put to use here in Santa Fe county.

Two hot-button issues favored by the Governor went down to defeat. The attempt to repeal state law permitting foreign nationals to have state drivers licenses and the ending of promoting 3rd graders who fail to demonstrate reading proficiency skills.

The end of the session also marks House Speaker Ben Lujan's imminent retirement as he recently revealed he's battling late stage lung cancer. New Mexico's 2 US senators took time in Washington yesterday to laud Lujan on the Senate floor. Here's Jeff Bingaman followed by Tom Udall....****

Set to testify next week in the trial of Alfred Lovato, charged with vehicular homicide as a passenger in the car that struck and killed pedestrain William Tenorio in downtown santa fe in 2008, is driver Carlos Fierro, now serving a seven-year sentence. Lovato is being prosecuted on a premise of accomplice liability, alleging he encouraged Fierro to drink and drive. Lovato's defense has said their client was not responsible as he was too intoxicated himself to be aware of driver Fierro's actions. Lovato is a former police officer and served as part of former Governor Richardson's security detail. Thursday heard testimony that the victim, William Tenorio, himself inebriated at the time of the accident, was jaywalking outside a Guadalupe Street crosswalk when he was struck.

Weather for Santa Fe - partly cloudy skies today and tonight with a 10% chance for a passing snow flurry. Highs today in the mid 40s, lows tonight near 25 degrees. Sunny skies Saturday with a high in the low 40s. Mid 40s on Sunday as a slight disturbance skirts our area with a 20% chance for snowshowers Sunday night into Monday.
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