Rep. Jim Townsend awarded 2020 First Amendment Freedom Award

Congratulations to Representative Jim Townsend, who was one of six New Mexicans to be selected for the 2020 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards. Townsend is the District 54 State Representative, which makes up of Western Eddy County including parts of Carlsbad and Artesia. According to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, Townsend was lauded for his efforts toward government transparency.

Specifically, Townsend was credited for notifying the public of the House Appropriations Committee cutting budget deals behind closed doors and for his working to prevent a system that allows members to add public funds to the budget behind closed doors.

He also sponsored several rule changes designed to increase public understanding and make voting records easier to access.

Pizza Inn also reported a favorable court hearing on Monday, at least for their Hobbs location.  A district judge ruled that the restaurant, upon completing inspection, can re-open for delivery and takeout dining. Carlsbad’s restaurants who currently have their food permits pulled have similar hearings scheduled soon.

New Mexico’s Supreme Court has also scheduled oral arguments for Wednesday (Aug. 26) in a case that challenges the ban on indoor restaurant dining.  In their lawsuit, the state’s restaurant association says that at least 210 restaurants around the state have now permanently closed their doors due to the ordered shutdowns. This is a legal issue we will be following very closely.

From the office of Mayor Dale Janway

Photo Source: Jim Townsend Facebook

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