March 18, 2015

Senate bill would rank truthfulness of political adsLas Cruces Sun News

After running for governor last year, Sen. Howie Morales saw first-hand the impact dishonest campaign ads can have. Morales has introduced legislation this year that he says would give voters better information as to which ads can be trusted. Senate Bill 675 seeks to establish three nonpartisan groups selected by the state Attorney General's Office to develop a system that would rate statewide political advertisements on a scale from 1 to 5, based on truth or falsity, or whether an ad is misleading. Two of the groups would review the ads, and if their determinations are different, a third group would make a final judgment. -- 3/18/15


Senate passes bill for year-round Daylight Saving TimeLas Cruces Sun News

A bill that would take the first step toward putting New Mexico on Daylight Saving Time throughout the year passed Tuesday in the Senate, and now moves to the House, with just four days left in the session.

If passed, Senate Bill 377 would not immediately change the practice of turning the clocks back one hour in the fall and up on hour in the spring, explained Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell. Instead, it would direct the governor to request that the secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation make the final decision after conducting a series of public hearings in the state. The federal government will have the final say. Technically, the request would be to put New Mexico on Central Standard Time year-round. -- 3/18/15