• Budget bill considered in New Mexico Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Republican-led House of Representatives voted to approve a $6.3 billion budget that increases spending on Medicaid health care, early childhood education and prisons while cutting funding to state colleges and universities.

  • New Mexico police may get hate-crime protections

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal in to add law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians as protected classes to New Mexico’s hate crimes law has been approved by the state House of Representatives.

  • Group denounces locked-door meeting of New Mexico lawmakers

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government says a House appropriations committee locked out the public from a meeting on the state budget.

  • New Mexico Senate passes version of a ‘Kendra’s law’

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A year after a similar bill died amid partisan bickering, the New Mexico Senate passed a proposal Friday that would require some state residents with severe mental illness to receive court-ordered outpatient treatment.

  • Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, discusses SB174 during a Senate Public Affair Committee meeting where they hear all of the Real ID bills at the State Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (Luis Sanchez Saturno/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    The Latest: Dem: GOP holding state ‘hostage’ in REAL ID beef

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest on New Mexico lawmakers’ REAL ID debate (all times local):

  • New Mexico considers creation of ethics commission

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is moving closer than ever toward creating an independent ethics commission to keep watch over the conduct and campaign finances of public officials, lobbyists and state contractors.

  • Iowa bill aimed at Stanford band strikes wrong chord

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that sought to punish Stanford University for its band’s Rose Bowl halftime show mocking Iowa has been all but buried in the Iowa Senate.

  • Time running out for capital funding process overhaul

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers say a proposal to change the way funding for dams, roadways and other infrastructure projects is allocated may not be approved because of a lack of time.

  • House passes measures to crack down on drunken driving

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The full House has approved a pair of measures meant to crack down on New Mexico’s drunken drivers.

  • In this This Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, New Mexico Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez appears at the Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. Sanchez says he has been receiving racist calls and letters over the REAL ID debate. He's disappointed that some of the "hate" is coming from Hispanics against immigrants living in the country illegally.(AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

    Advocates backing revamped New Mexico REAL ID bill

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Following an emotional meeting where senators revealed they were getting racist emails, a second Senate committee passed Friday a bipartisan proposal aimed at making New Mexico compliant under the federal REAL ID Act.