This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel discuss how the state’s revenue surplus might impact next month’s legislative session. 

The panel also debates the merits of proposed bills for gun control and prison reform. 

Host Gene Grant and the panelists consider a recent poll that shows New Mexicans are ready to modernize the state legislature. 

NMIF Correspondent Russell Contreras sits down with House Speaker Nominee Javier Martinez to explore his goals for the next year and the top priorities set by the state’s Democratic Party. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 1 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app. 

NMiF Segment
Incoming House Speaker Javier Martinez Explains Legislative Priorities 
Russell Contreras 

St. Rep. Javier Martinez, (D) Bernalillo County 

The Line opinion panel
H. Diane Snyder, former NM State Senator 
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator 
Dan Foley, former NM State Representative

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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