February 15, 2017

County to aid Verde Transmission Line review -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe County will participate as a “cooperating agency” in the federal government’s anticipated environmental review of a Texas company’s proposal to build a 33-mile power line between Alcalde in Rio Arriba County and a substation on Old Buckman Road near Santa Fe.

In the role of a cooperating agency, the county will provide the BLM with “data, analysis, and expertise regarding Santa Fe County zoning and ordinances,” according to a memo presented to commissioners. The county also would review the environmental impact statement. -- 2/15/2017


Medical marijuana reforms clear NM SenateLas Cruces Sun News

Revisions to New Mexico’s medical marijuana program are advancing in the New Mexico Legislature that would make room for larger crops to satisfy demand and broaden the use of cannabis as a treatment for dependence on other drugs. The New Mexico state Senate approved revisions Monday to the state’s 2007 medical cannabis law sponsored by Sen. Cisco McSorley, D-Albuquerque. SB 177 now moves to the House of Representatives. – 2/14/2017


New Mexico looks to promote breastfeeding from prison- Las Cruces Sun News

A proposal to encourage incarcerated mothers to provide breast milk to their infant children won the endorsement Monday of a panel of lawmakers. HB 277 sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Albuquerque, and Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, would require a new breastfeeding policy for all correctional facilities in the state, with provisions for women to pump and store breast milk for same-day delivery to infants or toddlers on the outside. – 2/14/2017


White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website -- USA Today

The White House has posted inaccurate texts of President Trump's own executive orders on the White House website, raising further questions about how thorough the Trump administration has been in drafting some of his most controversial actions.

A USA TODAY review of presidential documents found at least five cases where the version posted on the White House website doesn't match the official version sent to the Federal Register. The differences include minor grammatical changes, missing words and paragraph renumbering — but also two cases where the original text referred to inaccurate or non-existent provisions of law.

By law, the Federal Register version is the legally controlling language. But it can often take several days for the order to be published, meaning that the public must often rely on what the White House puts out — and that's sometimes inaccurate. -- 2/15/2017