This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel react to updates from two of New Mexico’s police forces, including claims from the Bernalillo County Sheriff that their current body camera systems “are trash.” 

The panel also considers several new voting rights bills that have been introduced at the Roundhouse. 

Finally, the panelists return to examine proposed legislation that would allow local governments to control their own community’s electrical needs. 

NMIF Political Correspondent Gwyneth Doland speaks with two lawmakers and a voting rights advocate about a series of bills targeting voting. Legislators from both parties are pushing a wide range of bills, targeting topics like lobbying disclosures, redistricting, open primaries, election security and voting rights for felons. 

Gene Maddaus, senior media reporter for Variety, and Gene Grant discuss the recent involuntary manslaughter charges formally filed against actor and ‘Rust’ producer Alec Baldwin, and the task of proving the actor’s culpability in the incident

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app. 

NMiF Segments 
Voting Rights & Election Integrity Legislation 
Gwyneth Doland 

State Sen. Mark Moores, NM District 21 – Bernalillo County 
Hannah Burling, president, N.M. League of Women Voters 
State Rep. Gail Chasey, NM District 18 – Bernalillo County 

Industry Insider Reacts to ‘Rust’ Manslaughter Charges 
Gene Grant 

Gene Maddaus, reporter, Variety 
The Line Opinion Panel 
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations 
Dave Mulryan, president, Mulryan-Nash Advertising 
Cathryn McGill, founder, director, NM Black Leadership Council 

Gene Grant 

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment." 

New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer for Public Affairs is Lou DiVizio. "Our Land" Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. Co-producer of New Mexico in Focus is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

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