To Santa Fe I Go

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Well, as I write this I’m thinking it might be the last post for a few days. I’m leaving for Santa Fe, to cover Silver City/Grant County related happenings at the Roundhouse, on Wednesday morning. Until then, I have my usual Monday and Tuesday stuff to get done, but also some Wednesday and Thursday stuff that has to be finished before I set off. I won’t mention the Silver City town council meeting I have to cover on Tuesday night, or the story to be written after the meeting.

Oops, I just did.

Anyhoo, I’ll try and have something Wednesday morning, or in the afternoon once I get there. Lot’s of fun things happening in Santa Fe this week, but for area-enthusiasts you can look forward to the following:

  • A WNMU Board of Regents meeting, which will include a legislative update and a presentation by Rep. Manny Herrera on the university’s hiring practices.
  • An update on the Library Foundation�s request for $5 million for the construction of a new library on the Hillcrest Hospital site.
  • Information on lobbying efforts of the Prospectors, including some of the projects they’re championing during the 30-day session.
  • The latest on legislation submitted by Sen. Benny Altamirano and Reps. Diane Hamilton and Manny Herrera.

I�ll also be looking for information on the DNA testing law that has come about as a result of Katie Sepich’s death. If the law is passed, it will require a DNA sample from anyone arrested in the state for a felony charge. I have mixed feelings about the law. From a privacy standpoint, it seems like an intrusion. At the same time, everyone arrested under similar circumstances is already photographed and fingerprinted.

Finally, I’m going to try to find out more information on the movement to open conference committee meetings. Again, mixed thoughts on this one: open government is a damn good thing. On the other hand, some lawmakers may be right in saying they can�t wheel and deal as effectively in the open as they do behind closed doors. Ultimately, while I have misgivings, I think our politicians can, well, do their jobs without fear of their constituents. Or, at least, they should be able to. New Mexico Matters has more.

So, big week planned, and look for updates from the field. I’ll get something posted as soon as I can. Until then, take a look at Steve Terrell’s Legislature 06 blog for the latest.

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