FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 31, 2020

Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov

GOP Reps Rehm and Schmedes sponsor DWI legislation

Santa Fe, NM- Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) is sponsoring House Bill 38 that will enhance and provide tools for law enforcement to enforce impaired driving laws. Additionally, Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) is carrying HB 231, co-sponsored by Rep. Rehm, which would allow law enforcement to obtain blood tests from misdemeanor DWI drivers. Similar legislation has been presented at the Roundhouse in recent years. Mothers Against Drunk Drivers supports the legislation and together with Rep. Rehm and other guests, hosted a press conference on Friday, January 31, 2020 in the capitol rotunda.

“The DWI crisis in New Mexico still looms over our communities and I am focused on preventing another senseless tragedy,” said Rep. Bill Rehm, “HB 38 is a solution that this legislature must pass when it discusses legalizing recreational marijuana. Legalizing recreational marijuana will increase our DWI drugged driving problem leading to more DWI tragedies. I surely hope that the House chamber will discuss this important bill and enact it into law.”

House Bill 38 and HB 231 have been filed during the 2020 legislative session and both are awaiting action by Governor or the House of Representatives that would consider it germane for debate during the 2020 thirty-day budget focused legislative session.

“HB 231 is important to discuss as marijuana legalization is being considered,” said Rep. Gregg Schmedes, “New Mexico’s law needs to catch up with current tools that we can provide for law enforcement to better protect the public from DWI tragedies.”

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