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[30 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Union talks continue as contracts expire

On Wednesday, Bernalillo County fire fighters announced they have tentatively agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement and will ask their members to ratify it on July 13. But, unions representing police fire and transit employees in the City of Albuquerque are still negotiating deals for their members as current contracts set to expire later today.

And Veritas New Mexico has learned another union is demanding their seat at the table.

The New Mexico Transportation Union and has filed a motion for an emergency hearing at the city’s Labor Board.

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[15 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Hispanic Cultural Foundation to pay rent for its state offices — but late payments for its cafe already a ‘chronic problem’

For the first time in nearly a decade, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)’s private fundraising foundation will pay rent for its state offices at the Center.

The New Mexico Constitution’s anti-donation clause prohibits the donation of state goods, property or services to private entities. But for at least a decade, Center staffers say, the Foundation has used its offices rent-free.

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[14 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
New laws provide easier access to government records

Obtaining electronic documents stored on government computers will be easier than ever. That’s because of new provisions in the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act, which were passed during the 2011 legislative session.

On June 17, state, city, and county agencies in New Mexico will be required to provide digital copies of electronic public records upon request, and copy fees will be limited to the actual cost of downloading and sending the records.

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[11 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Residency requirement may derail Albuquerque labor board nomination

After months of contentious debate over selection of a third member for Albuquerque’s labor board, management and labor representatives finally appointed longtime labor attorney Tom Griego as the panel’s “neutral” chairman, Friday morning.

The city council must still confirm Griego’s appointment at their June 20 meeting.

But his nomination to the board may not survive until then…

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[9 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Sec. Squier rejects call for public Medicaid restructuring task force

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Updated @9 a.m. — Human Services Department (HSD) Cabinet Secretary Sedonie Squire has rejected a call by more than a dozen health advocacy organizations to create a public Medicaid Redesign Task Force, and to include Medicaid providers, patients and lawmakers in the state’s Medicaid overhaul process.
“As you know, we selected Alicia Smith and Associates to help us lead this redesign and modernization effort,” Squier wrote in a June 1 letter to the New Mexico Medicaid Coalition.
Squier did not address concerns about HSD’s failure to involve Indian tribes …

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[7 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
NHCC Foundation’s Apodaca registers as lobbyist — but has not yet paid $5,000 fine

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National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Foundation President and CEO Clara R. Apodaca has submitted lobbyist registration forms to the state for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, Secretary of State Bureau of Elections Director Bobbi Shearer said Tuesday.
“We have not yet received any expenditure reports or a response to the fine,” Shearer said, referring to a $5,000 fine imposed by Secretary of State Dianna Duran on the NHCC Foundation for Apodaca’s violations of the state Lobbyist Regulation Act.
The violations were first uncovered by Veritas New Mexico.
Sec. Duran …

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[2 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Johnson supports commission’s report on drug war impact

The Global Commission on Drug Policy, an organization launched by former presidents of Brazil, Colombia and Mexico declared today that the “global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world.”
And 2012 Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson, a long-time advocate for drug legalization, said he agrees with the commission’s conclusions.
“The Global Commission on Drug Policy got it right,” Johnson said in a news release. “When credible and thoughtful leaders from such a broad political and policy spectrum unite to declare the War on Drugs a failure, it …

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[2 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Chavez sees ‘crisis’ at UNM Hospital; cites staff intimidation

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A state lawmaker is urging the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the school’s Board of Regents to investigate allegations of systematic intimidation and retaliation against doctors and healthcare workers who report patient quality of care issues to management.
“There is a crisis at our flagship institution and those in charge cannot continue to bury their heads in the sand,” Rep. Eleanor Chavez (D-Albuquerque) wrote in a letter to UNM Hospital administrators Wednesday.
Chavez sponsored legislation earlier this year to offer whistleblower protections to hospital physicians and …

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[1 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Johnson PAC reinstated in Utah

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson’s PAC — Our America Initiative — has been reinstated as an active non-profit by the Utah Department of Commerce’s Consumer Protection Division after filing its 2011 first quarter financial report and paying a $25 fine.
The PAC had been suspended and ordered to stop soliciting donations in May after missing a filing deadline earlier in the month.
Between New Year’s and March 31 this year the PAC reported it collected nearly $137,000, but reported it spent almost $1,600 more than it raised in the same quarter. …