This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel recap the 2023 legislative session, breaking down what passed and what didn’t. The Line Panel breaks down the crime bills that gained approval, and those that fell short despite calls for improved public safety. The panel also discusses the newly passed House Bill 7 which codifies abortion rights in New Mexico. The Line Panelists also take a deep look inside the record-setting $9.6 billion budget.
New Mexico in Focus Political Correspondent Gwyneth Doland catches up with a group of up-and-coming New Mexico journalists to talk about their experience covering the Roundhouse during the 2023 legislative session.
Host Gene Grant sits down with Martha Burk, political psychologist, author and host of the podcast, ‘Real Time with Martha Burk.’ Grant asks about a series of issues in the 2023 legislature that will impact women and families, including new a reproductive rights law and the failure of paid family leave.
New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 26 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app.
Reporting on the 2023 Legislative Session Correspondent
Bella Davis, author, New Mexico in Depth
Jeanette DeDios, reporter, KUNM-FM
Megan Gleason, author, Source New Mexico
Women’s Issues in the 2023 Legislative Session
Martha Burk, political psychologist, author & host of the podcast, ‘Real Time with Martha Burk’
The Line Opinion Panel
Dan McKay, staff writer, Albuquerque Journal
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, the Santa Fe New Mexican
Shaun Griswold, editor, Source New Mexico
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