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[29 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
State regulators slash proposed PNM rate hike

The state Public Regulation Commission (PRC) voted 3-2 along party lines Thursday to cut the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM)’s negotiated $85 million electricity rate hike by $13 million. The company, which had originally sought a $165 million rate hike, had ‘inflated’ its costs, two state regulators said.

Republican commissioner Ben Hall said he would not vote for any rate increase because he felt PNM had misled the Commission.

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[26 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Industry-funded group drafted N.M. lawmakers’ bills on climate change, hospital liability, health insurance

State lawmakers regularly introduce legislation written by the influential but little-known American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a largely industry-funded group with ties to tobacco, health care and oil corporations, legislators acknowledged Tuesday.
New Mexico lawmakers introduced several bills drafted by ALEC during the regular 2011 legislative session, Veritas NM found. The bills included proposed laws to limit lawsuits against hospitals, reduce regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and increase penalties for shoplifting. (See below.)
Corporations pay ALEC up to $25,000 apiece in annual membership fees and up to another $10,000 for their representatives …

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[25 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Commentary: Public’s ‘Right to Know’ Isn’t Red or Blue – It’s Evergreen

Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New Mexico filed suit.

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[19 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Hispanic Cultural Foundation pays $5,000 fine for lobbying violations

The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)’s private fundraising foundation has paid a $5,000 fine ordered by Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran, state Bureau of Elections Director Bobbi Shearer confirmed Tuesday.
The NHCC Foundation will not contest the fine for violations of the state lobbying law, and “will endeavor to meet all requirements of the Lobbyist Regulation Act in the future,” attorney Brad L. Hays told Duran in a July 14 letter accompanying a $5,000 check.
The Foundation has also now registered as a lobbying entity for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, …

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[12 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Many female veterans’ PTSD caused by military rapes, not combat

An estimated 3,500 New Mexican female veterans have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a psychological syndrome commonly tied to combat. The vast majority of them were traumatized not by war, however, but by sexual assaults by fellow servicemen, according to New Mexico Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System officials.
“Eighty to 90 percent” of the state’s female veterans with PTSD identify military sexual assault as their traumatic experience, VA Stress Disorder Treatment Team Coordinator Diane T. Castillo told Veritas New Mexico.
Women veterans are up to 10 percent more likely than males to …

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[1 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
State will release EPA air radiation monitoring data from Las Conchas fire

According to the New Mexico Environment Department, the state will post online all radiation monitoring data from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air pollution-measuring equipment now deployed around the 103,800-acre Las Conchas fire near Los Alamos.
But it may require more than a week to do so, because of the time required to accurately analyze air filter samples, Department spokesman Jim Winchester and others said Friday.
“The scientific analysis of the filter requires several days to get the most accurate count of atmospheric elements,” Winchester said. “The air sample monitoring data will be on …