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Important 2023 Dates

Jan. 17: Opening day (noon)
Feb. 16: Deadline for bill introduction
March 18: Session ends (noon)
April 7: Bill signing deadline
June 16: Effective date of bills without emergency clause or other specified date

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Dan Boyd, pictured left in 2018, is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Journal and has covered the New Mexico Legislature since 2008. He previously covered Santa Fe City Hall and worked for a newspaper in Idaho. After nearly a decade working there, Boyd rarely gets lost in the Roundhouse.

Dan McKay, center, joined the legislative team ahead of the 2017 session, when he learned more than he ever wanted to know about sponge bonds. Before that, he covered City Hall and county government in Albuquerque. McKay is an Air Force brat who graduated from the University of New Mexico.

Eddie Moore, right, lives in Santa Fe County and has been covering the New Mexico Legislature, state government and northern New Mexico as a news photographer for more than 20 years, sometimes with a patrician slant toward fishing.

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Lawmakers chewing on bill proposing free school meals for ...
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Initiative would cover breakfast, lunch for ... Initiative would cover breakfast, lunch for over 69,000 students not subsidized
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As neighboring states target trans rights, NM proposal would ...
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Advocacy group leader says the legislation ... Advocacy group leader says the legislation would close a loophole in state law that permits discrimination by public agencies in some circumstances
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Legislative proposal aims to amplify NM arts economy
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House Bill 8 calls for a ... House Bill 8 calls for a new Creative Industries Division within the Economic Development Department
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Governor calls for bipartisanship, step-by-step approach to deal with ...
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In the early stages of this ... In the early stages of this year's 60-day legislative session, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and top Democratic and Republican legislators are calling for a ...
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NM lawmakers weigh application secrecy, lobbyist disclosures
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This year's legislative session could bring ... This year's legislative session could bring a dose of sunshine to lobbying inside the Roundhouse. And it could curtail public scrutiny of applicants to ...
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Democrats launch new campaign for NM voting rights bill
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A Republican filibuster killed election legislation ... A Republican filibuster killed election legislation at the Roundhouse in the final hours of last year's session. But Democratic lawmakers and their allies launched ...
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Minimum wage bills spark fierce debate
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Committe advances one proposal, but delays ... Committe advances one proposal, but delays the vote on a second
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Chief justice urges lawmakers to balance public safety with ...
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The state's top judge offered a ... The state's top judge offered a cautionary tale Tuesday for New Mexico lawmakers to ke ...
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Firearm storage bill advances in the House
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The first significant gun bill of ... The first significant gun bill of the session — a proposal focused on the safe storage of firearms — began moving through the House ...
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Legislature 2023: Top issues to watch
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Hundreds of bills are expected to ... Hundreds of bills are expected to be filed during this year’s 60-day session. Here are some proposals that could generate debate.