Rep. Jim Smith’s Proposal To Bolster NM Lottery Scholarship Passes House Education Committee 

  SANTA FE—Earlier today, the House Education Committee voted 11 to 2 to approve House Bill 147. This legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Sandia Park) will bolster New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program.     HB 147 gives the New Mexico Lottery Authority (NMLA) the freedom to encourage sales through larger prize payouts by removing the requirement that the NMLA transfer […]

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House Consumer And Public Affairs Committee Approves Bipartisan Bill To Remove Statute Of Limitations For Second-Degree Murder

SANTA FE—Today, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee unanimously approved House Bill 33, legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) to remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting second-degree murder.   Prior to approving the bill, the Committee agreed to substitute the original text with language combining HB 33 with a similar bill, HB […]

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Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes’s Bill To Fight DWI Passes First House Committee

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed House Bill 71, legislation sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) to close a loophole in the current law and help law enforcement officers stop people who are driving under the influence in New Mexico. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las […]

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Rep. Jim Smith’s Wireless Consumer Advanced Infrastructure Investment Act Passes First House Committee

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants, and Cultural Affairs Committee approved House Bill 38, the Wireless Advanced Infrastructure Act sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Sandia Park) and Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española).   HB 38 details the authority New Mexico cities and counties have over the development of wireless infrastructure on public […]

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Rep. Bob Wooley’s NM Stolen Valor Act Passes House Committee

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee approved by unanimous consent House Bill 67, the New Mexico Stolen Valor Act, sponsored by Rep. Bob Wooley (R-Roswell). The bill was developed by the Military and Veterans Affairs Interim Committee, and it is co-sponsored by Reps. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), David Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Randal Crowder […]

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Rep. Bill Rehm’s Proposal To Create An Auto Theft Authority In NM Unanimously Passes House Judiciary 

  SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed HB 173, a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) to combat auto theft in New Mexico.     HB 173 would create a state Auto Theft Prevention Authority within the Office of the New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance. The authority would seek federal, state, and private philanthropic […]

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Rep. Jim Dines Gains House Approval Of Joint Memorial On The Link Between Animal Violence And Family Violence 

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 3, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque) to help state agency personnel identify potential family abuse issues.   HJM 3 encourages the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to train their field agents about the link […]

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Rep. James Townsend’s Bill To Restore NM Schools Cash Balances Passes First Committee

SANTA FE—This morning, the House Education Committee unanimously endorsed House Bill 141, legislation sponsored by Rep. James Townsend (R-Artesia) to restore $40.1 million to New Mexico school district and charter school cash balances. The bill is co-sponsored by Representatives Jimmie Hall (R-Albuquerque), Randal Crowder (R-Clovis), David Gallegos (R-Eunice), and David Adkins (R-Albuquerque).   HB 141 allocates $40.1 […]

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House Committee Endorses Rep. Tim Lewis’s Bill To Expand Scholarship Benefits For Children of Firefighters & Police Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty 

  SANTA FE—Today the House Education Committee unanimously approved House Bill 55, legislation sponsored by Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho) to increase scholarship benefits for children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Bill O’Neill (D-Albuquerque).    HB 55 expands the benefits currently available to eligible survivors to include room and board support for students as […]

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Rep. Nate Gentry’s Law Enforcement Retention Bonus Proposal Passes House Consumer And Public Affairs Committee 

  SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee unanimously approved House Bill 21, legislation sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) to provide $15,000 retention bonuses for New Mexico’s law enforcement officers. HB 21 is co-sponsored by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque).     HB 21 would support local law enforcement agencies struggling […]

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