Legislative Roundup: Feb. 22

by Reporter / Feb 22, 2019 / 0 comments
Angelica Montoya of Las Vegas, N.M., a Highlands University freshman, sings during a performance by the Vaqueros de Highlands University mariachi group Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 22

SFNM News:

Days remaining in the session: 22

Mandela visit: The grandson of the late South African president Nelson Mandela will appear Monday at the state Capitol.

Ndaba Mandela, 36, will address a joint education committee of the state Legislature. A writer, he will be on his first visit to New Mexico.

House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Albuquerque, will introduce Mandela. She said in a statement that Mandela will will talk about successful partnerships in education.

Pension solvency: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed an executive order establishing a 19-member task force to recommend how to fix $6 billion in unfunded liabilities of the Public Employees Retirement Association.

"I am encouraged by the governor's willingness to work with all stakeholders, including the PERA board, to develop meaningful solutions to our very real solvency challenges," said Jacquelin Kohlasch, who chairs the PERA board.

She and two other PERA executives will serve on the task force. Other members will be come from the Legislature and public employee unions. Recommendations are to be sent to the governor by Aug. 30.

Quote of the day: "Time is kind of an artificial construct anyways." --Sen. Bill Payne, R-Albuquerque, on a bill to adopt daylight saving time year round.

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales addresses members of the New Mexico School Board Association Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda during New Mexico School Board Association Appreciation Day. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Pedestrians pass by Delubina and Eric Montoya's 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline parked Thursday in front of the state Capitol Thursday. The car was on display as part of an effort to promote the Espanñola Lowrider Museum. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

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