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The Latest: New Mexico gov calls for gun safety reforms

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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham provides her State of the State handle through the opening of the New Mexico legislative session on the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photograph/Craig Fritz)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Newest on New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s first State of the State handle (all occasions native):

four:15 p.m.

GOP New Mexico Rep. Alonzo Baldonado says Republicans are taking a “wait and see” strategy to the schooling proposals outlined by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Baldonado stated Tuesday he and lots of different Republicans help strengthening the state’s struggling schooling system however they need to understand how Lujan Grisham intends to pay for proposed instructor raises and improve spending.

The Los Lunas Republican additionally says Republicans are involved concerning the governor’s name for gun management and to rid the state of its anti-abortion regulation if the federal Roe vs. Wade landmark case is overturned.

He says most Republicans are skeptical about new gun management legal guidelines.

Baldonado says Republicans need to see extra particulars within the numerous proposals and intend to ask exhausting questions throughout committee conferences.


2:45 p.m.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is going to be a part of a coalition of governors from throughout the U.S. who’ve dedicated to upholding the objectives of the 2015 Paris local weather accord.

In her first State of the State handle, the Democrat stated she is going to quickly be signing an government order committing the state to the emission discount objectives spelled out within the worldwide settlement.

A part of the trouble consists of state businesses creating a complete local weather plan for New Mexico to deal with carbon dioxide and different greenhouse fuel air pollution.

One other push by her administration will embrace growing New Mexico’s renewable portfolio normal to 50 % by 2030 and 80 % by 2040.

That may place New Mexico on an identical trajectory to California and New York, that are planning for 50 % by 2030. Hawaii goals to shift to 100 % renewable power by 2045.


2:38 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says lifting the state’s cap on incentives for the movie business might end in extra productions in different elements of the state.

In her State of the State handle, the Democrat pointed to the flurry of exercise within the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. She says rural areas and Native American communities additionally stand to profit.

Lujan Grisham stated movie and tv productions promote the state’s nice outside to a worldwide viewers and provides New Mexicans one other profession choice.

She vowed that New Mexico will by the top of the yr pay the backlog of incentives which were promised to the business.

Repeating a phrase used typically by former Gov. Susana Martinez, Lujan Grisham in her handle stated New Mexico is open for enterprise and inspired the business to deliver its cameras.


2:35 p.m.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is pushing for a better minimal wage.

The Democrat stated Tuesday throughout her State of the State handle that greater than 110,000 New Mexicans make $7.50 an hour. She referred to as that a “poverty wage.”

She proposed elevating the wage to $10 an hour at times shifting to $12 and establishing an index to inflation.

For state staff, she’s calling for tiered raises, so those that at present earn the least will see four % raises. The minimal wage for state staff would rise to $12 an hour starting July 1 underneath her plan.

Like her predecessor, Lujan Grisham voiced help for the state’s Native Financial Improvement Act as a strategy to spend money on entrepreneurs and companies. She needs to double the funding.


2:30 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has plans for the state’s youngster welfare company.

In her State of the State tackle, she stated she needs to deal with vacancies inside the Youngsters, Youth and Households Division and create 100 new positions within the company’s Protecting Providers Division.

Lujan Grisham additionally advised lawmakers that she might be reinvigorating the state Youngsters’s Cupboard to work with key departments to make sure wants are being met.

A toddler-advocacy group reported Tuesday that New Mexico’s youngster poverty price has decreased however that the state nonetheless charges 48th within the nation general in comparison with different states.

New Mexico Voices for Youngsters launched the 2018 New Mexico Youngsters Rely Knowledge Guide because the Legislature convened for a 60-day session.


2:28 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is looking for her workplace and the Legislature to discover methods to scale back the prices of well being care and improve affected person entry.

The Democrat stated in her State of the State tackle that behavioral well being care might be among the many priorities, as she believes authorities has an obligation to offer for these with psychological sicknesses and people coping with substance abuse.

She says she’s directing the state Well being Division to work with the superintendent of insurance coverage to scale back reporting necessities and burdens on well being care suppliers with the aim of decreasing paperwork and growing supply of well being care.

Lujan Grisham additionally vowed to signal laws, if handed, that might finish a decades-old ban on abortion that preceded the 1973 U.S. Supreme Courtroom choice that made the process authorized nationwide.


2:25 p.m.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she is going to direct well being officers in her administration to start making opioid habit a qualifying situation for sufferers looking for to make use of medical marijuana.

The Democratic governor’s pledge Tuesday got here throughout her first State of State handle, which kicks off the Legislature’s 60-day session in Santa Fe.

She says the directive follows a longstanding suggestion from the Medical Hashish Advisory Board, and can come along with different state initiatives to deal with the state’s opioid disaster.

She says the opposite plans embrace boosting opioid prevention packages and the supply of overdose-reversal medicine like Narcan.

She stated cracking down on prescribers and pharmaceutical corporations that avert the regulation would assist tackle the distribution of opioids in New Mexico, along with a compassionate strategy to addressing habit.


2:20 p.m.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is looking on the Legislature to deal with gun violence in New Mexico with payments that she says will strengthen background checks for firearms purchases and ban individuals with assault convictions from proudly owning a gun.

She advised lawmakers in her first State of the State handle that she expects to signal the payments into regulation through the legislative session that began Tuesday. Her feedback come as FBI crime knowledge in recent times has persistently proven New Mexico rating among the many most harmful states.

Different measures she helps embrace a proposal that goals to make sure gun house owners safeguard weapons of their houses and out of the attain of youngsters.

Within the long-term, her administration’s well being division plans to conduct a research on gun violence.


2:10 p.m.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham needs to place New Mexico on a path to common pre-kindergarten for all youngsters.

In her first State of the State handle, the Democrat pointed to analysis that has proven youngsters who come from poor and deprived households have probably the most to realize from preschool.

The objective can be to succeed in a statewide enrollment of 80 % inside the subsequent 5 years.

Apart from funneling extra money to early childhood schooling, the governor is looking for boosting the salaries of academics by 6 % and elevating the minimal salaries for each degree of educator by no less than 10 %.

Her plan additionally calls for instituting a $12 minimal wage for instructional personnel. The larger wages can be aimed toward recruiting and retaining academics.

In a nod to a current courtroom choice, she is also pushing for extra money to be earmarked for the state’s Indian Schooling Fund and for bilingual and multicultural education schemes.


2 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is urging lawmakers to have open hearts and minds as they work throughout the aisle through the 60-day legislative session.

The Democrat, who took workplace Jan. 1, delivered her first State of the State tackle to a joint session Tuesday. She says she believes that by working collectively, a course may be set that may rework the state for generations to return.

The Democratic-controlled Legislature typically clashed with former Gov. Susana Martinez in the course of the Republican’s two phrases in workplace.

Lujan Grisham stated in her tackle that communication between the 2 branches of presidency shall be key, that civility ought to shade any disagreements and that victories include humility.

She additionally informed lawmakers to recollect their constituents and that the shared aim is progress.


10 a.m.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham can be giving her first State of the State tackle as New Mexico lawmakers convene for a 60-day legislative session.

The Legislature convenes at midday Tuesday in Santa Fe, and one of many first orders of enterprise will probably be for lawmakers from each chambers to collect collectively for the annual handle.

Lujan Grisham, who took workplace Jan. 1, is predicted to deal with acquainted priorities together with schooling reform and job creation.

Lujan Grisham and the Democratic-controlled Legislature may have a $1.1 billion finances surplus to work with through the session. The governor has beneficial boosting state spending for the approaching fiscal yr. Amongst different issues, her proposal calls for one other $500 million for public schooling.

The Legislature’s budget-writing committee is looking for barely extra modest spending will increase.