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Legislators approve new anti-harassment policy

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Lawmakers voted to update the State Legislature’s sexual harassment policy, the first such change in a decade.

The 15-0 Legislative Council vote came a day before the start of the 2018 legislative session.

The council adopted the policy crafted by eight legislators who rewrote it at a time where many industries and organizations, including political institutions, are grappling with sexual harassment.

The policy allows for an outside investigator to look into allegations of sexual harassment against legislators. It also calls for “outside counsel who is experienced in harassment matters” to determine in consultation with legislative leaders if a complaint merits an...

Takes from the ‘State of the State’

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N.M.’s Senators won’t back spending bill without DACA fix

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New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators oppose any funding bill that does not include a fix for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

The program, known as DACA, has been debated since September when President Donald Trump announced he would he end the Obama-era program. Trump also stopped the federal government from processing new applications.

The short-term spending bill proposed by House Republicans lacks immigration provisions.

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat, announced on social media he opposed the short-term 30-day spending bill.

In a statement, he added the effort “only spreads chaos once again.” Heinrich voted for a short-term spending bill in...

Navajo Nation discusses anti-cyberbullying measure

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WINDOW ROCK – On Jan. 16 during a special meeting, the Law and Order Committee received a report from the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, and the Navajo Nation Peacemaking Program, regarding cyberbullying on the Navajo Nation.

During the report, the committee also raised concerns regarding a bill that seeks to amend several sections of Title 17 of the Navajo Nation Code to define and criminalize cyberbullying, and to implement penalties.

On Jan. 11, the Naabik’íyáti’ Committee issued a “do pass” recommendation for the bill. The Navajo Nation Council will next consider the bill, which would also require...

Democratic Caucus name Sen. Mimi Stewart majority whip

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SANTA FE – Members of the New Mexico Senate Democratic Caucus met Jan. 15 to select the senate majority whip.

The Senate Democrats chose Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-17-Bernalillo, as their new majority whip. Stewart served as a representative in the House from 1995-2014 and has served in the Senate since 2015.

“I appreciate the confidence my fellow Senators have placed in me,” Stewart said. “I stand ready to work with the Caucus and look forward to continuing the work we do for the families of New Mexico.”

Stewart started her tenure as majority whip effective immediately. The legislative session began Jan. 16.

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