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Coverage for the ARKLATEXOMA

TEXAS, LOUISIANA, NEW MEXICO ARKANSAS, OKLAHOMA

 

 LOUISIANA

 

 

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LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT

I-49 North

Project Details

Cost: $670 million

The I-49 North project is a 36-mile project that will construct a four-lane interstate with a 4-foot inside shoulder and a 10-foot outside shoulder from I-220 in Shreveport to the Arkansas state line.

The estimated total cost of the I-49 North project is $670 million. The project is broken up into 11 segments A-K.

Progress on I-49 North:

Right-of-way purchase and utility relocation completion schedules:

Arkansas state line to La. 2, Segments A-C, 9.6 miles - completed

La 2 to US 71, Segment D, 3.2 miles - completed

US 71 to La 530, Segments E-F, 6.5 miles - completed

La 530 to La 169, Segment G, 5 miles - completed

La 169 to La 173, Segment H, 2 miles - completed

La 173 to La 1, Segment I, 5.5 miles - completed

MLK Blvd to La 1, Segment J, 4.25 miles - completed

I-220 to MLK Blvd, Segment K, 1 miles - completed

Construction completion schedules:

Arkansas state line to La. 168, Segment A, paving and bridges – Open to traffic 

La 168 to Mira-Myrtis Road, Segment B, paving and bridges – Open to traffic

Mira-Myrtis Road to La 2, Segment C, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Open to traffic

La 2 to U.S. 71, Segment D, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Open to traffic

La. 170 to U.S. 71, Segment E, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Open to traffic

La. 530 to La. 170, Segment F, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Open to traffic

La 530 to La 169, Segment G, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Open to traffic

La. 173 to La. 169, Segment H, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Open to traffic

La. 1 to La. 173, Segment I, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Open to traffic

I-220 to La. 1, Segments J-K, clearing and grubbing, drainage, embankment and paving – Estimated completion 2017-2018

Long-term plans call for I-49 to be extended from Lafayette to New Orleans and north from Shreveport to Kansas City, MO where it will connect with other interstates and provide a seamless link from Louisiana ports to the Canadian border.

 

Project Documents

http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif I-49n presentation layout_Updated November 2014

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) Permit_Segment I

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) Permit_Segment F

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) Permit_Segment C

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (LPDES) Permit_Segment A

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Louisiana Pollutant Discharge Elimination Syatem (LPDES) Permit_Segment B

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif I-49 Segment I Approved USACE Permit

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif I-49 Segment C and D Approved United States Army Corps of Engineers Permit

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif ENV IMPACT 16 References

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif ENV IMPACT 15 Coordination and Public Involvement

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif ENV IMPACT 14 Dist of Stmt

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif ENV IMPACT 13 List of Preparers

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif ENV IMPACT 11 Environmental Conseq 6

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Specific Equal Employment Opportunity Responsibilities

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12/14/2012

http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Required Provisions For American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARR

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Required Contract Provisions Federal Aid Construction Contracts (Worker's S

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif On The Job Training

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif Female and Minority Participation in Construction

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif NorthSouthExwaysignedROD

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif 01 Table of Contents

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif 05 Appendix

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif 04 Chapter 4

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif 03 Chapter 3

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http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/images/icons/dir_pdf.gif TIGER Grant Louisiana 9-14-09

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5/15/2017 - It's Time to Build: DOTD announces participation in Infrastructure Week 2017

5/12/2017 - Geauxpass Office closing at noon due to AC issues

5/4/2017 - Kraemer Vertical Lift Bridge improvement project closures scheduled to begin in June

5/2/2017 - UPDATE: I-10, East and West Bound, Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes, S.P. H.010680

5/2/2017 - UPDATE: I-10, East and West Bound, Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes, S.P. H.010680

5/1/2017 - Load limit rescinded for southbound lanes of LA 1 Intracoastal Waterway Bridge

4/27/2017 - Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment co-chairs release “Transportation Infrastructure Investment Plan” circular

4/25/2017 - I-12, Livingston Parish, Notice of Upcoming Construction, S.P. H.010558 *UPDATED*

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LA DOTD Projects (STATEWIDE)

Project

Parish(es)

Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou Sinkhole

Ascension, Assumption, St. Martin, St. Mary

Clearview/Airline Environmental Assessment

Jefferson

Curtis-Coleman (Fort Buhlow) Bridge Project

Grant, Rapides

DOTD Cable Barriers

DOTD Ramp Meters

DOTD Roundabouts

Essen Lane Widening Project

East Baton Rouge

Florida Avenue Project - Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes

Orleans, St. Bernard

Geaux South (I-49 South)

Acadia, Assumption, Iberia, Iberville, Lafayette, LaFourche, St. Martin, St. Mary

Government St (LA 73) Road Diet

East Baton Rouge

Houma-Thibodaux to LA 3127 Connection

Assumption, LaFourche, St. Charles, St. James, Terrebonne

I-10 Cable Barriers

Jefferson, Orleans

I-10 Capacity Study (from LA 415 to Essen Lane on I-10 and I-12)

Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, West Baton Rouge

I-10 from the I-610 Split to US 90 Split

Jefferson, Orleans

I-10: LA 347 - Atchafalaya-Floodway Bridge

St. Martin

I-110: INTERCHANGE MODIFICATION @ TERRACE

East Baton Rouge

I-20 Ouachita River Bridge Rehabilitation

Jackson, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union

I-49 North

Bossier, Caddo

J-Turn, R-Cut and protected turn lanes

LA 1026: Juban Road Widening (I-12 to US 190)

Livingston

LA 28: WIDENING from LIBUSE to HOLLOWAY (RAPIDES PARISH)

Rapides

LA 3241: I12 to Bush, St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany

LA 3249 Roundabout at I-20/Well Road

Ouachita

LA 447 Roundabouts and Corridor Study

East Baton Rouge, Livingston

LA 75 Roundabouts in Iberville Parish

Iberville

LA 88: REALIGN 2 CURVES IN COTEAU

Iberia

La. 1088 Corridor Study

St. Tammany

La. 16 (Pete's Highway)/Interstate 12 Interchange E.A.

East Baton Rouge, Livingston

La. 20 Widening: La. 308 to St. Patrick Street

LaFourche, Terrebonne

La. 21 Widening Project

St. Tammany

La. 30 Feasibility Study - Ashland Road (La. 3251) to La. 44

Ascension

La. 3235 Feasibility Study

LaFourche

La. 42 Widening from U.S. 61 to La. 44

Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Livingston

La. 531 at I-20 Interchange (Roundabout) Project

Webster

La. 616 (Arkansas Rd) Widening and Roundabouts

Ouachita

Maree Michel and Creek Bridges

Vermilion

New Orleans Rail Gateway Program

Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard

Paths To Progress

Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard

U.S. 190 (Collins Boulevard) Widening

St. Tammany

U.S. 190 Mississippi River Bridge Painting Project

East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge

U.S. 90 Corridor Improvements in New Orleans

Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard

U.S. 90/La. 318 Interchange Project

Iberia, Lafayette, St. Mary

US 190 J-Turns Near Livonia

Pointe Coupee

US 61 at La 964 (Baker Canal Bridge) East Baton Rouge Parish

East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana

US 90 Pearl River Bridges, St. Tammany Parish & Hancock County

St. Tammany

West Larose Vertical Lift Bridge Rehabilitation

LaFourche, Terrebonne

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

_______________________TRANSPORTATION

Links:

Alexandria International Airport

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport

Lafayette Regional Airport

Lake Charles Regional Airport

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

Monroe Regional Airport

Shreveport Regional Airport

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DOTD: Ferry and Moveable Bridge Status

_TEXAS___________________________ 

 V
Investigations by the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Transportation
FHWA Suspends Houston Business Owner and Company for Defrauding the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality Program
On May 5, 2017, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspended Shonda Renee Stubblefield (a.k.a. Shonda McGowan) and her Houston, Texas-based company, World Corporation, Inc. (World Corporation), from doing business with the Government. The suspensions were based on a February 22, 2017, indictment that charged Stubblefield with theft of public money, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, and aggravated identity theft in a scheme to fraudulently receive over $125,000 in Federal funds through FHWA’s Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Program.
 
The CMAQ program provides funding to reduce congestion and improve air quality in areas that do not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) administered a program funded by FHWA to provide financial incentives to companies to participate in telework, and World Corporation gained entry into the HGAC telework program.
 
The indictment alleged that Stubblefield falsely claimed World Corporation operated and recruited teleworkers for the HGAC telework program. Over an approximately 2-year period, Stubblefield received CMAQ funds totaling $125,659 in reimbursement for business costs associated with an expansion of the World Corporation’s telework program that had never occurred.
 
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time and the System for Award Management (Sam.gov) should be consulted to find out whether a company is currently excluded.

 

 

 

 

ARKANSAS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2017

Gov. Hutchinson Issues Response to 8th Circuit Planned Parenthood Ruling

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today issued the following statement in response to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling vacating the injunction that had prevented the state from terminating Planned Parenthood’s status as a Medicaid provider: 

“In 2015, the state terminated its Medicaid provider agreement with Planned Parenthood because there was evidence that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates were acting in an unethical manner and engaging in what appeared to be wrongful conduct. I am pleased with the ruling of the 8th Circuit todayreversing Judge Baker on her injunction that blocked the state from proceeding. 

“The decision allows the state to proceed with the termination of Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. This is a substantial legal victory for the right of the state to determine whether Medicaid providers are acting in accordance with best practices and affirms the prerogative of the state to make reasoned judgments on the Medicaid program.”

MEDIA ADVISORY: 
August 18, 2017

Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Public Schedule: 
August 21st – August 26th

LITTLE ROCK – The following is a list of public appearances by Governor Asa Hutchinson from Monday, August 21, 2017, through Saturday, August 26, 2017


HARRISON
Harrison High School Coding Tour
9:30 a.m.
925 Goblin Dr.
Harrison, AR

ALPENA
Alpena High School Coding Tour
11:00 a.m.
300 S. Denver St.
Alpena, AR

GREEN FOREST
Green Forest High School Coding Tour
1:30 p.m.
800 Tommy Ratzlaff Ave.
Green Forest, AR



BEEBE
Beebe High School Coding Tour
9:30 a.m.
1201 W. Center St.
Beebe, AR

FORREST CITY
Forrest City High School Coding Tour
1:15 p.m.
467 Victoria Ave.
Forrest City, AR

LITTLE ROCK 
Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
7:00 p.m.
Statehouse Convention Center
101 E Markham St. 
Little Rock, AR


Schedule is subject to change. For further updates from Governor Hutchinson, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@AsaHutchinson).
 

 

 

NEW MEXICO

Governor Susana Martinez

 

Governor Susana Martinez to Break Ground on More Than $55 Million Highway Project in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, NM  Today, Governor Susana Martinez will break ground on a more than $55 million highway project in Albuquerque.

When: 2 p.m. Monday July 31, 2017

Where: Southwest Corner of Rio Bravo Blvd. at Interstate 25

                (Use Wagner Drive SE to access the site)

                ;Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105

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For Immediate Release:  May 22, 2017

 EPA requires BNSF Railway Company to begin work at abandoned uranium mines

SAN FRANCISCO  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with BNSF Railway Company to begin cleanup at the Haystack Mines Site, a group of three abandoned uranium mines near Prewitt, New Mexico and the Baca/Prewitt chapter, on Navajo Nation. 

The mines site operated from 1952 to 1981 and produced 400,000 tons of uranium ore.  Today, the 174-acre area is being used for livestock grazing and includes one residence with some additional homes nearby. The work is expected to begin in July and last for four months.

Under the agreement, BNSF Railway Company will conduct the following actions:

  • Through biological and cultural assessments of the property, ensure cultural resources and sensitive species are not impacted
  • Fence the property and post warning signs
  • Outreach to the local community
  • Provide temporary alternative housing to impacted residents if necessary
  • Construct access roads
  • Excavate contaminated soil

During the Cold War, 30 million tons of uranium ore were mined on or adjacent to the Navajo Nation, leaving more than 500 abandoned mines. EPA has entered into settlement agreements valued at $1.7 billion to reduce the highest risks to the Navajo people. Since 2008, EPA has conducted preliminary investigations at all the mines, remediated 48 contaminated structures, provided safe drinking water to 3,013 families in partnership with the Indian Health Service, and performed cleanup or stabilization work at nine mines. In total, funds are available to begin the cleanup process at over 200 abandoned uranium mines, representing 40% of the abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation. This work is a closely coordinated effort between federal agencies and the Navajo Nation to address the legacy of uranium contamination.

 

Governor Susana Martinez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Governor Susana Martinez Issues Proclamation for Special Session

Santa Fe, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO PROVIDES THAT SPECIAL SESSIONS OF THE LEGISLATURE MAY BE CALLED BY THE GOVERNOR;

WHEREAS, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO FURTHER PROVIDES THAT NO BUSINESS SHALL BE TRANSACTED EXCEPT SUCH AS RELATES TO OBJECTS SPECIFIED IN THE PROCLAMATION ISSUED BY THE GOVERNOR;

WHEREAS, PASSAGE AND ENACTMENT OF A BALANCED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018 AND REPLENISHING GENERAL FUND RESERVES ARE CRITICAL TO THE OPERATION OF GOVERNMENT AND PRESERVATION OF THE ECONOMIC HEALTH, WELFARE, AND PUBLIC SAFETY OF NEW MEXICO AND ITS CITIZENS;

WHEREAS, IT IS INCUMBENT UPON STATE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO BALANCE THE BUDGET, REPLENISH GENERAL FUND RESERVES, AND PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR ENDURING ECONOMIC STABILITY;

WHEREAS, IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION OF ISSUES CRITICAL TO THE ECONOMIC HEALTH, WELFARE, AND PUBLIC SAFETY OF NEW MEXICO AND ITS CITIZENS IS NECESSARY AND SUCH CONDITIONS HAVE ARISEN SINCE THE CONCLUSION OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE;

WHEREAS, ARTICLE IX, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO REQUIRES THE STATE’S BUDGET TO BE BALANCED BY RESTRICTING STATE INDEBTEDNESS;

WHEREAS, THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE ADJOURNED ON MARCH 18, 2017, WITH THE LEGISLATURE PASSING AN UNBALANCED BUDGET, THE GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT OF 2017, FOR THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018;

WHEREAS, THE GOVERNOR SIGNED THE GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT OF 2017 PURSUANT TO ARTICLE IV, SECTION 22 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO;

WHEREAS, THE CERTAIN PART OR PARTS, ITEM OR ITEMS, OF THE GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT OF 2017 THAT WERE VETOED BY THE GOVERNOR PREVENTED THE ENACTMENT OF AN UNBALANCED BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018;

WHEREAS, THERE IS NOW AN ESSENTIAL AND IMMEDIATE NEED TO ENACT A MORE RESPONSIBLE BUDGET FOR THE NEW MEXICO HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND THE LEGISLATIVE AGENCIES THAT ARE PROVIDED FOR IN STATE STATUTE TO ASSIST NEW MEXICO’S VOLUNTARY LEGISLATURE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, AND, IN ADDITION, TO PASS REASONABLE APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE JUDICIARY TO COVER A POTENTIAL SHORTFALL RELATED TO MAGISTRATE COURT LEASES;

WHEREAS, THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IS NOT BALANCED WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUPPLEMENTAL SEVERANCE TAX BONDS TO FUND THE PURCHASE OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION NEEDS;

WHEREAS, HOUSE BILL 412 WOULD HAVE PROVIDED A COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM PACKAGE;

WHEREAS, HOUSE BILL 191, AS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED, WOULD HAVE PROVIDED THE STATE WITH A TRUE RAINY-DAY FUND;

WHEREAS, THE STATE BUDGET SHOULD BE BALANCED BY MAKING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE REDUCTIONS TO STATE EXPENDITURES AND THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM WITHOUT RAISING TAXES;

WHEREAS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 13 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO REQUIRES THE GOVERNOR TO NOMINATE AND, BY AND WITH THE CONSENT OF THE SENATE, APPOINT MEMBERS OF EACH BOARD OF REGENTS FOR STATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS;

WHEREAS, THE CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF THE STATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS, AS WELL AS THE DISBURSEMENTS AND EXPENDITURES OF FUNDS BY THOSE INSTITUTIONS, IS VESTED WITH EACH BOARD OF REGENTS;

WHEREAS, THE GOVERNOR DELIVERED TO THE SENATE THE NAMES OF EIGHTEEN NOMINEES FOR APPOINTMENT OR REAPPOINMENT TO THE POSITION OF REGENT OF A STATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTUTITION DURING THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE;

WHEREAS, THE SENATE REFUSED TO HOLD HEARINGS TO CONSIDER THE QUALIFICATIONS OF EIGHT NOMINEES FOR REGENT OF A STATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION DURING THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE AND HAS SINCE FAILED TO HOLD INTERIM MEETINGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONFIRMATION HEARINGS TO CONSIDER THESE EIGHT NOMINEES;

WHEREAS, ARTICLE XII, SECTION 13 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO PROVIDES FOR THE STAGGERED TERMS OF UNIVERSITY REGENTS AND PREVENTS REMOVAL OF REGENTS BY THE GOVERNOR TO ENSURE CONTINUITY OF GOVERNANCE AND PREVENT DRAMATIC SHIFTS OR UNDUE INFLUENCE;

WHEREAS, INACTION ON SENATE CONFIRMATION UNDERMINES THE LETTER OF THE CONSTITUTION AND COMPROMISES THE POLICIES IT IS INTENDED TO PROMOTE;

NOW, THEREFORE I, SUSANA MARTINEZ, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO, BY VIRTUE OF THE AUTHORITY VESTED IN ME PURSUANT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO, DO HEREBY CALL THE FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE INTO SPECIAL SESSION AT NOON ON MAY 24, 2017, AT THE STATE CAPITOL IN SANTA FE.  IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE IV, SECTION 6 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO, THIS SPECIAL SESSION IS CALLED FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONSIDERING AND ENACTING LEGISLATION CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING OBJECTS AND NO OTHERS:

A GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT THAT PROVIDES SPECIFIC FUNDING FOR LEGISLATIVE AGENCIES AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION; 

LEGISLATION PROVIDING FOR COMPREHENSIVE TAX REFORM AS CONTAINED IN HOUSE BILL 412, INTRODUCED IN THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE, WHICH, MOST SIGNIFICANTLY, BROADENS THE EXISTING GROSS RECEIPTS TAX BASE, PROVIDES RELIEF FROM BUSINESS TO BUSINESS TAX PYRAMIDING, AND LOWERS THE OVERALL GROSS RECEIPTS TAX RATE;

LEGISLATION REPEALING THE TAXPAYERS DIVIDEND FUND AND PROVIDING FOR REVENUE DISTRIBUTION IN EXCESS OF A FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE OF THE OIL AND GAS EMERGENCY SCHOOL TAX TO THE TAX STABILIZATION RESERVE AS WAS CONTAINED IN HOUSE BILL 191, AS ORIGINALLY INTRODUCED IN THE FIRST SESSION OF THE FIFTY-THIRD LEGISLATURE;

LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SUPPLEMENTAL SEVERANCE TAX BONDS TO RESTORE THE ALLOTMENTS FROM THE GENERAL FUND FOR CAPITAL PROJECT APPROPRIATIONS WHOSE EXPENDITURE PERIODS END ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30, 2016, FOR PLACEMENT INTO THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING RESERVE, FOR THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL FUND TO PURCHASE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTIONS 22-15-1 THROUGH 22-15-31 NMSA 1978, AND FOR APPROPRIATION TO THE TRANSPORTATION DISTRIBUTION OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FUND;

LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SEVERANCE TAX BONDS APPROPRIATED TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY COUNCIL TO IMPLEMENT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY ACT;

HEARINGS FOR NOMINEES FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE BOARD OF REGENTS FOR STATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS;

LEGISLATION TO APPROPRIATE MONEY FROM THE LEGISLATIVE RETIREMENT FUND FOR PLACEMENT INTO THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING RESERVE;

LEGISLATION TO APPROPRIATE MONEY TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS FOR A SHORTFALL IN FUNDING OF MAGISTRATE COURT LEASES; AND

A BILL PROVIDING NECESSARY FUNDS FROM LEGISLATIVE CASH BALANCES FOR THE OPERATION OF THE LEGISLATURE DURING THIS SPECIAL SESSION.

SIGNED AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE THIS 5TH DAY OF MAY 2017.       

ATTEST:

WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO. 

SUSANA MARTINEZ

GOVERNOR

MAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER

SECRETARY OF STATE

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Governor Susana Martinez Unveils Latest Hard-Hitting Ads to Fight Drunk Driving

Albuquerque, NM — Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced the latest a series of ads that provide a firsthand perspective of the reality of a DWI arrest. The new ads will play through Cinco de Mayo weekend to encourage New Mexicans not to drink and drive.

“There’s no excuse for driving drunk, and these ads show exactly what happens to those who make the choice to endanger others on our roads,” Governor Martinez said. “Our law enforcement officers are dedicated to keeping New Mexicans safe. If you drive drunk, they will arrest you and you will go to jail. Our families deserve to be safe on our roads, and we’ll continue to do all we can to stop drunk driving in New Mexico.”

The ads are the last of the Reality ad series Governor Martinez first unveiled in December. The entire series can be viewed here. The series follows a drunk driver who is arrested for DWI from the time he is pulled over through his release from jail the next morning. The ads will run through the Cinco de Mayo weekend and will continue to be available online.

“You might think it’s your lucky night – that you might get away with it,” said State Police Chief Kassetas. “Well, think again. If you drink and get behind the wheel, my officers are ready to teach you a life lesson you’ll never forget.”

Governor Martinez has made fighting DWI in her administration a priority. Last year, the Governor enacted legislation that increased penalties against drunk drivers to some of the toughest in the region. The administration also launched a campaign aimed to stop servers and establishments from over-serving alcohol. In addition to the crackdown on DWI offender absconders and DWI bench warrant roundups, Governor Martinez also announced a court monitoring program that placed citizens inside courtrooms in six counties to shed light on how DWI cases are handled.

“I am proud to work with the Governor and law enforcement to help keep drunk drivers off the street,” NMDOT Secretary Tom Church said. “Drunk drivers are wreaking havoc on our highways. It must stop.”

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NEW MEXICO VA HEALTHCARE SYSTEM UPDATE

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION

 

Situation Update - New Mexico VA Health Care System

03/13/2017 10:16 AM EDT

 

Due to construction, the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center’s San Mateo entrance at Gibson Blvd. will be closed at 7 p.m. on March 17, and is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. on March 26. During that period, the facility’s San Pedro entrance will remain open for all traffic.

 

 

 

Governor Susana Martinez

 

Governor Susana Martinez Acts on Legislation

Santa Fe, NM — Last night, Governor Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:

Signed House Bill 64 — Wastewater System Financing [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 98 — Paper Ballot Access For Blind Voters [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 199 — Distributed Generation Consumer Protection [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 215 — Physician & Assistant Collaboration [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 276 — Check Cashing Service Licensure [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 305 — Compliance Inspections For Food Safety Laws [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 326 — Protection Of Vulnerable Adults [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 330 — Architectural Act Violation Penalties [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 341 — Exempt Eyebrow Threading From Licensing [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 345 — Remove Commuter Services In Motor Carrier Act [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 347 — Installment Loan Fee Limits & Literacy Fund [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 361 — Resident Directors Of Nm Banks [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 375 — Hairstylist Licenses & Board Representation [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 387 — Repeal Dept. Of Ag Fees & Assessments [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 415 — State Agency Wastewater Project Financing [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 444 — Tax Contributions For Vietnam Memorial [MESSAGE]
Signed House Bill 536 — Tax Refunds For Rape Kit Processing [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 85 — Investigation Of Board & Care Facilities [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 86 — Caregiver Leave Act [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 157 — Firefighter PTSD & Mental Health [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 164 — Conservancy District Roadway Liability [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 185 — Limit Statewide School Testing Days [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 211 — School Next Generation Science Standards [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 442 — Minimum Wage & Wage-Related Conduct [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 179 — Pregnant Worker Accommodation Act [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 393 — Chile License Plates [MESSAGE]
Vetoed House Bill 265 — Educational Assistant Probation Period [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 4 — Carlsbad Brine Well Authority & Fund [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 21 — Shaken Baby Syndrome Educational Materials [MESSAGE] 
Signed Senate Bill 43 — Sale Of Public Securities By Public Bodies [
MESSAGE] 

Signed Senate Bill 45 — Termination Of Certain Parental Rights [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 46 — E911 Surcharges On Communications Services [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 82 — Void Certain Healthcare Agreements [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 110 — Lower Rio Grande Water Works Rights & Liens [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 220 — Theft Protection Program Warranties [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 229 — Occupational Health Federal Compliance [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 233 — Sanitary Project New Association Standards [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 303 — Pipeline Safety Act Penalties [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 349 — Livestock Running At Large [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 367 — Insurance Code Changes [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 374 — Hunger-Free Students' Bill Of Rights Act [MESSAGE]
Signed Senate Bill 387 — Real Estate Broker Licensure Requirements [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 30 — Establish & Study Teacher Cost Index [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 39 — "Current Year Mem" In School Code [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 61 — Electronic Communication Privacy Act [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 147 — School Capital Outlay State-Local Matches [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 188 — Disabilities Students Lottery Scholarships [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 244 — Homeowner Association Dispute Resolution [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 386 — Raise Minimum Wage & Allow Trainee Wage [MESSAGE]
Vetoed Senate Bill 241 — School Visual Arts & Physical Ed Standards [MESSAGE]

 

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