December 31, 2015

State’s new work rules for food aid take effect Jan. 1 -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has moved forward with changes to state rules that will require thousands of New Mexicans to complete paid or unpaid work in order to receive government food assistance.

Publication of the new rules Wednesday in the state register ends an often contentious process in which members of nonprofits, religious organizations and the public voiced loud objections to the stricter regulations drafted by the New Mexico Human Services Department.

Starting Friday, Jan. 1, most childless adults without disabilities between the ages of 18 and 49 who receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program now must prove to the state that they spend 80 hours a month in an approved work activity in order to continue receiving monthly benefits. Participants who fail to meet that standard can only get benefits for three months out of a three-year period. -- 12/31/2015


New Mexico lowers speed limits on unmarked county roads -- KRQE News

New Mexico drivers will have to ease that foot off the gas pedal when traveling country roads with no posted speed limit or risk a ticket.

A law going into effect on New Year’s Day reduces the speed limit on unmarked county roads from 75 mph to 55 mph. -- 12/31/2015


Martinez, lawmakers haven't sent Real ID letter -- Ruidoso News

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state lawmakers have not sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security seeking an extension on REAL ID requirements.

Nearly two weeks after federal officials said New Mexico could get an extension if Martinez and lawmakers sent a letter, no agreement has been drafted amid a looming Jan. 10 deadline.

Federal officials want Martinez and lawmakers to say they will pass a REAL ID compliant law during the next session, which begins Jan. 19.  -- 12/31/2015


Draft CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain -- CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is publishing new guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain. The agency is working for timely release of the guideline while ensuring that the development process:

  • Meets scientific standards
  • Includes expert consultation
  • Allows for appropriate stakeholders to provide input
  • Facilitates partnership development to enhance dissemination and uptake

Written comments must be received on or before January 13, 2016.