September 18, 2023

Legislative newsletter: Guv’s gun ban and the U.S. Senate AI forums

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Hello fellow political junkies!

The political hurricane that has been New Mexico in the last 10 days seems to be easing up for a time.

A short recap: On Sept. 8, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced executive and public health orders that, among other things, temporarily banned firearms in Bernalillo County due to gun violence in Albuquerque. By the next day, groups filed lawsuits in federal court. The Republican Party of New Mexico announced it was going to file a lawsuit in conjunction with both the New Mexico House and New Mexico Senate Republican Parties.

Related: Bernalillo County Sheriff ‘irritated’ by 30-day gun ban, will not enforce it

On Sept. 13, Federal District Judge David H. Urias issued a temporary restraining order on a part of the orders that bans firearms in Albuquerque for 30 days.

The TRO lasts 14 days.

State Representatives Stefani Lord, R-Sandia Park, and John Block, R-Alamogordo, have begun the process to impeach Lujan Grisham. 

Articles of Impeachment can only be filed with the state House of Representatives during a legislative session. The upcoming legislative session begins Jan. 16. Legislators can begin pre-filing legislation on Jan. 2.

That was the big news of the week. 

There was also some news from the U.S. Senate about the Artificial Intelligence Insight Forums wherein a bipartisan group of lawmakers and experts met to discuss what future AI legislation would look like.

The forums featured 22 experts involved in the development and deployment of AI, including in sectors spanning business, civil rights, defense, research, labor and the arts and was led by Senator Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and Senators Mike Rounds, R-South Dakota, and Todd Young, R-Indiana.

“What I really appreciated about this conversation was just how nuanced it was. These are folks with very different perspectives, but a lot of shared values and shared agreement in terms of what our North Star should be. It was not a conversation that fell into dogmatic or partisan lines in any way,” Heinrich said in a recap of the first AI Insight Forum Wednesday. “If we continue that, as this group has really strived for some time now, then I think we’re going to be able to do some exciting things around AI.

Heinrich serves as founder and co-chairman of the Senate AI Caucus.

This week only the Legislative Council met on Monday. The other planned meetings were moved due to the late former Gov. Bill Richardson’s funeral. Richardson laid in state in the State Capitol on Wednesday.

This week’s Interim Legislative meetings

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2023 New Mexico Local Elections

The Nov. 7 local elections are for your village/town/city mayors and councils/boards of trustees, school boards, municipal judges and other local boards.

A complete list of local election candidates can be found here.

Early/absentee voting begins Oct. 10 and ends Nov. 4.

For more information on the local elections in your community contact your local county clerk’s office which can also help you check on or update your voter registration, a process that can be done online at

Note: This section has been updated to remove the paragraph about election challengers since there are no challengers in local elections

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