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Richardson signs ballot access measure

 Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a measure that would allow candidate who don't get 20 percent of the votes at their party's pre-primary convention to collect additional signatures to get on the ballot.

The new law overturns one passed last year, which took away a candidate's ability to gather signatures after a convention to get on the ballot.

There have been rumors every which way about why the governor should or shouldn't support this bill. The funny thing is how the speculation changed. First, it was how House Speaker Ben Lujan wanted to measure so other candidates couldn't get on the ballot in the 3rd Congressional District race, where his son is a candidate. Then, the mitote was that Ben Jr. wouldn't have the votes in the pre-primary convention to get on the ballot, so the elder Lujan supported the bill because it would give Ben the younger another chance to get on the ballot should he fail at the convention. . . 

Unlike last year, when the Legislature changed the law,  the bill -- and the law it is meant to fix -- is getting attention. Another candidate in CD 3, Don Wiviott, filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the change. My guess is that suit is moot because Richardson's signature on the bill appears to do the same thing . . . 

And, if that bill signing wasn't enough for you, check out all the other bills Richardson has signed:

Signed Legislation

Action Date - February 29th

HB 100           Ignition Interlock Tampering Penalties

HB 145           Sports & Recreation Facility Financing Act

HB 167           Birthing Workforce Retention Fund

HB 177           Medical License Suspensions & Reporting

HB 181           Behavioral Health Purchasing Rulemaking

HB 215           Eliminate Commercial Driver's License Waivers

HB 263           Sheriff's Fees for Service of Process

HB 327           County Clerk Recording Instrument Fees

HB 364           Children's Mental Health & Disabilities Act

HB 469           Legislative Retirement Time Period Change

HB 486           Ft Bayard Medical Center Replacement

HB 616           Educational Retirement Contributions

HB 661           Property Tax Valuation Factors

SB 1                Primary Ballot Access for Certain Candidates

SB 80              Conform Election Procedures to Federal Law

SB 81              Eliminate Election Use of SS Numbers

SB 122            Public Service Law Loan Repayment Changes

SB 127            Waive Licensure Fees for Medical Doctors

SB 145            Educational Due Process Reimbursements Cap

SB 161            NMFA Bonds For Lea County Cancer Treatment

SB 269            Polysomnography Practice Act

SB 415            Genetic Counselor Licensing Requirements

SB 421            Prescription Drug Program Expenditures

SB 532            Approve Zoning Special Exceptions Authority

SB 551            Vehicle Port-Of-Entry Requirements

Action Date - February 28th

HB 142           Judicial Performance Evaluation Fund

HB 172           Public Project Revolving Fund Projects

HB 199           Construction Industry Proof of Responsibility

HB 218           Amend Small Counties Assistance Act

HB 227           Domestic Abuse Procedure Changes

HB 237           Automatic Election Recounts

HB 245           NMFA Economic Development Fund Projects

HB 249           Community College & School District Elections

HB 275           Advanced Chiropractic Certification Registry

HB 308           NMFA Water Project Fund Projects

HB 324           Charitable Care Property Tax Valuation

HB 348           Uniform Emergency Volunteer Practitioners Act

HB 412           Revise Basic Child Support Schedule

HB 468           Faculty Endowment Fund Name Change

HB 546           Tobacco Settlement Fund Programs

HB 615           Distributions to Sole Community Provider Fund

HB 660           Solar Energy Research Park

SB 8                Housing Audit Service Purposes

SB 116            Raise Property Tax Limitation Income Limit

SB 174            High-Wage Jobs Tax Credit Eligibility

SB 177            Monthly Property Tax Prepayments

SB 178            Breast Cancer Awareness License Plates

SB 209            Amend Uniform Real Property Recording Act

SB 281            Sale of Recycled Metals Act

SB 353            Allow Certain Accountants to Practice in New Mexico

SB 438            Weight Distance Tax Compliance Penalties

SB 489            Alternative Capital Outlay Fiscal Agent

SB 492            Distinctiveness of Purple Heart License Plate

Action Date - February 27th

HB 184           Local Government Investment Provisions

HB 305           Utility Customer Load Management

SB 227            Pecos River Settlement Water Rights

Action Date-February 22nd

HB 33             Domestic Violence Treatment Fund Uses

HB 54             Define Probate Code "Security Account"

HB 89             Physician Assistant Requirements

HB 337           Sex Offense Victim Polygraph

HB 399           Self-Rescue Devices in Coal Mines      

HB 387           Locomotive Fuel Tax Exemption Effective Dates

HB 599           Tax Refund Contribution Corrections

SB 31              Expand Schools in Dual Credit Program

SB 34              New Mexico School for The Arts Act

SB 68              Increase Domestic Violence Penalties

SB 71              Create Offense of Human Trafficking

SB 229            Real Estate Broker Insurance Premiums

SB 239            Election of Supreme Court Chief Justice

SB 242            Property Donations to Cultural Affairs Department

SB 460            College & Workplace Readiness Assessments

Action Date-February 13th

SB 165            State Agency Expenditures (partial veto)

SB 257            Technical Corrections to 2007 Laws

SB 258            Fort Bayard Medical Center Replacements

Action Date-February 12th

HB 2               General Appropriation Act of 2008 (partial veto)

Action Date-January 18th

HB 1               Feed Bill (partial veto)

SB 66              Minimum Wage Act Exemptions           

Vetoed Legislation

Action Date - February 29th

HB 140           Soil & Water District Assessment Extensions (partial)

HB 193           Create Public Defender Commission

Action Date - February 28th

HB 180           Manny Herrera Access to Healthy Foods Act

Action Date-February 13th

HB 43             Severance Tax Bond Projects

Pending Bill Action

Action Due-March 5th

HB 168           City Of Las Cruces License Plates

HB 221           Allow Electronic Voting System Negotiations

HB 236           Off-Reservation Native American Health

HB 517           Information Technology Equipment Replacement

SB 6                Revise County Classifications

SB 13              Legislative Parking Expense Reimbursement

SB 18              Capital Outlay to Tribal Infrastructure Fund

SB 43              Winery Definitions & Taxations

SB 129            Healthy New Mexico Tax Force

SB 146            Public School Capital Outlay Omnibus Bill

SB 149            Municipal Higher Ed Facility Tax Eligibility

SB 164            Additional Local Liquor Tax Counties

SB 226            Insurance Defense & Maximum Coverage

SB 256            Absentee Voting in Small Precincts

SB 298            Gross Receipts to State Building Bonding Fund

SB 333            2008 Capital Projects G.O Bond Act

SB 349            Veterans Museum Act

SB 352            Capital Outlay Project Reauthorizations

SB 355            Raise Property Tax Limitation Income Limit

SB 366            Self-Rescue Devices in Coal Mines

SB 391            Revise Medical Insurance Pool Act

SB 442            Local Government Traffic Fine Limits

SB 471            Severance Tax Bond Projects

SB 487            Abandoned Uranium Mine Reclamation Fees

SB 509            Capitol Buildings Lease-Purchase Approval

SB 574            Native American Veteran Tax Refunds



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Mar. 3rd, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
Justice is served... hopefully!
Thanks for the coverage on an important issue, Kate. The passage of Senate Bill 1 will allow candidates whose campaigns are not wholly driven by money or inside political connections a fair shot at the ballot~ a victory for the good guys.

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