February 2, 2017

NM bill would block border wall -- Albuquerque Journal

President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall could run into a roadblock in New Mexico, in the form of more than 22 miles of state-owned land and mineral rights within 600 feet of the border.

A group of Democratic state lawmakers filed legislation [HB 292] this week that would bar state land from being used, sold or transferred to facilitate the construction of the new border wall. If approved, the bill could set up a legal showdown between the state and the federal government. -- 2/2/2017


Dunn pitches border land swap to Trump -- Santa Fe New Mexican

State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn wrote a letter Wednesday to President Donald Trump proposing to swap state land near the U.S.-Mexico border for federal land in anticipation of Trump’s promised construction of a wall on the border. -- 2/2/2017


Gov. Martinez urges repeal of federal methane waste rule -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Gov. Susana Martinez is backing an effort by congressional Republicans to overturn a federal regulation meant to curb air and environmental pollution by limiting methane waste on public lands, saying the rule to reduce emissions of the gas threatens jobs and public funding of schools and roads. -- 2/2/2017