February 10, 2017

Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss -- New York Times

A federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations, a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president. --2/10/2017


New Mexico 'daddy diaper' bill advancesLas Cruces Sun News

A bill HB 106 that would require baby changing tables for all newly constructed restrooms in public places has cleared its first hurdle. The New Mexico House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-1 on Thursday to advance the "daddy diaper" measure that would give a helping hand when it comes to diaper changing. - - 2/10/2017


Steinborn bill on lobbyist disclosure stallsLas Cruces Sun News

A state Senate committee failed to muster enough votes Wednesday morning to pass bill SB 168 that would fix a transparency loophole the Legislature created last year. But the bill sponsor, Sen. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, said he’ll try again to get the measure through the Rules Committee. - - 2/10/2017


Bill to boost STEM education advances - Las Cruces Sun News

Legislation that would require the state to adopt national standards for science and math cleared the House Education Committee on an 8-3 vote Wednesday. House Bill 211, sponsored by Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces; G. Andres Romero, D-Albuquerque; and Christine Trujillo, D-Albuquerque, would require the Public Education Department to adopt the K-12 Next Generation Science Standards for New Mexico schools. -- 2/10/2017


Lawmakers should end predatory loansLas Cruces Sun News

Charles Horton, founder of the FastBucks loan company, has offered what may be the most unique defense of his industry thus far in what has now become a multi-year effort to restrict predatory lending in New Mexico.

Legislation has been introduced this session by Sen. Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces, and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero, with bill SB 15 and HB 26 D-Albuquerque, to cap interest rates at 36 percent on small loans issued by lenders not federally insured. Interest would include finances charges and any other fees. The bills include a provision allowing for a higher cap if the U.S. prime lending rate exceeds 10 percent. -- 2/10/2017