Megan Gleason

Megan Gleason

Megan Gleason is a journalist based in Albuquerque. She recently graduated from the University of New Mexico, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Lobo. Other work has appeared under the New Mexico Press Association as well as in the Independent, Gallup Sun and Silver City Daily Press.

A statue of several children outside the entrance to the New Mexico state capitol is covered in snow.

NM legislators fail to pass ethical conduct bill as lobbyists fear unsafe working conditions

By: - March 23, 2023

An effort to update and standardize professional conduct standards for public employees, including lawmakers, failed to get through the 2023 legislative session. As a result, lobbyists say people who work and visit the Roundhouse will still need to assign their own measures to feel safe in Santa Fe. House Bill 5, Conduct of Current and […]

A group of people hold up pro-union signs outside of Starbucks.

Albuquerque Starbucks workers partake in national strike for union rights

By: - March 22, 2023

At an Albuquerque Starbucks normally packed with customers looking for a morning jolt, one single car crept through the drive-through. Another woman who drove up to get her coffee decided to go somewhere else. Why?  Starbucks workers and supporters picketed in front of the Old Town location off Interstate 40 and Rio Grande Blvd. on […]

After 60 days, New Mexico lawmakers send more than 200 bills to governor

By: , and - March 20, 2023

By the end of the 2023 session on Saturday, the New Mexico Legislature had passed 241 bills. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has until April 7 to sign or veto legislation. After that date, any bills she leaves untouched will be “pocket vetoed.” Lujan Grisham had signed 25 bills by noon on Saturday, which are marked […]

Despite GOP pushback, bill protecting reproductive, gender-affirming health care passes Roundhouse

By: - March 18, 2023

Republican men took over an hour and a half on the second-to-last day of the 60-day New Mexico legislative session in an effort to block or change protective reproductive health care legislation.  Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) took part in a 110-minute debate, which eventually failed to amend Senate Bill 13, in an effort to stall […]

Bill at gov’s desk would lift ‘gag order’ for people filing legislative harassment complaints

By: - March 17, 2023

If someone is accused of harassment in the Legislature, they can speak up about it. The person who files a complaint about it can’t. Legislation that would change that is now awaiting action from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Senators night passed House Bill 169, Disclosure of Legislative Ethics Complaints, by a 34-2 vote on Thursday […]

Few disaster relief measures are scattered throughout historic budget funding bills

By: - March 16, 2023

While New Mexicans recovering from last year’s disasters try to keep up their livelihoods, afford food for dinner or get running water, it’s up to the governor now to determine how much recovery funds should be sent to victims and struggling communities. Lawmakers approved two budget bills on Wednesday, sending both over to Gov. Michelle […]

Bill at governor’s desk to require more expertise and diversity for state stream commissioners

By: - March 16, 2023

Future New Mexicans who want to become commissioners at the Interstate Stream Commission will have to meet much more advanced and specific qualifications, if Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs legislation that’s waiting on her desk. The House of Representatives quickly passed Senate Bill 58 with almost no discussion by a 63-6 vote on Tuesday. Six […]

Legislation to give low-income New Mexicans cheaper utility rates passes Senate

By: - March 15, 2023

People with low incomes could have cheaper utility bills if legislation that senators approved on Tuesday can make it through the Roundhouse in four days.  After discussions on Monday and Tuesday, the Senate passed the Low-Income Solar Act, Senate Bill 432, by a vote of 25-11. All the votes against the legislation were from Republican […]

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A move to ban prescribed burns amid risky weather conditions is almost through the Roundhouse

By: - March 15, 2023

Amid rapid-fire passage of bills through the House of Representatives on Tuesday, lawmakers passed legislation that would put a halt on prescribed burns whenever the National Weather Service puts out alerts about severe weather conditions. The House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 21 on Tuesday. Next, the Senate has to agree with amendments made […]

Voting rights expansion bill heads to governor

By: - March 14, 2023

A bill to expand voting rights and accessibility is on its way to the governor’s desk for her signature. The House of Representatives on Monday concurred with amendments made to House Bill 4 by a vote of 42-25, split along party lines. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has expressed her support for the voting rights bill […]

Lawmakers approve $9.57 billion budget over a windy weekend

By: - March 13, 2023

On a windy Saturday in Santa Fe, lawmakers inside the Roundhouse discussed and passed bills on how to spend a historic $9.57 billion budget. The Senate Finance Committee approved a committee substitute bill by a 9-2 vote that lays out funding allocations from the nearly $10 billion pot.  After an hour-and-a-half of debate on Sunday […]

Effort to protect abortion medical providers and patients passes Senate

By: - March 11, 2023

Democratic lawmakers are continuing their push to get bills passed through the Roundhouse that protect abortion rights. Meanwhile, Republicans keep taking up hours of time to speak against the measures that are likely to pass nonetheless. There’s a week left in this year’s 60-day session. Hundreds of bills have yet to be heard on the […]