San Juan Representatives Honor Aztec Heroes Emery Hill and Kathleen “Katie” Potter 

  SANTA FE—This morning, the House of Representatives honored Aztec High School employees Emery Hill and Kathleen “Katie” Potter for their brave actions to protect students after a disturbed shooter entered the school and began firing a weapon. Mr. Hill and Ms. Potter were formally recognized in House Memorial 98 sponsored by Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington), Rep. […]

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Rep. Cathrynn Brown Thanks Jaylene Wilsher-Parker For Her Service During Legislative Session 

  SANTA FE—This week, Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad) proudly sponsored Loving High School student Jaylene Wilsher-Parker as a Student Page in the New Mexico Legislature. Student pages assist legislators during floor sessions and committee meetings and support administrative staff in completing daily assignments.     Jaylene is a senior and plans on attending New Mexico State University-Carlsbad to study occupational therapy. Jaylene has a passion for helping others and would eventually like to work with […]

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Roswell Representatives Gain House Endorsement Of Regional Air Center Economic District 

  SANTA FE—Tonight the House of Representatives approved House Bill 197, a plan developed by Roswell-area legislators to allow local governments to create industrial air center special economic districts. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell), Rep. Bob Wooley (R-Roswell), Rep. James Townsend (R-Artesia), and Rep. Greg Nibert (R-Roswell). The bill passed by a vote of 64 […]

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Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Statement On House Approval Of DWI Blood Test Bill 

SANTA FE—This evening, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 71, legislation sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) to allow law enforcement officers obtain warrants for blood testing of suspected DWI violators in non-felony DWI cases. The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque).   Rep. Maestas Barnes made the following statement […]

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Rep. Paul Bandy’s Bill To Improve School Security Passes House  

  SANTA FE—This evening, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 130, an effort sponsored by Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec) to improve school security throughout New Mexico.     HB 130 sets aside a total of $25 million from the Public School Outlay Fund over the next five years for school security projects. The money would allow schools to improve communication systems, construct fencing, […]

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Rep. Dennis Roch Wins House Approval Of Bill To Credit Teachers For Unused Sick Leave 

SANTA FE—Earlier this evening, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Rep. Dennis Roch’s (R-Logan) plan to credit New Mexico’s teachers for their unused sick leave. House Bill 85 amends the state’s Educational Retirement Act to allow teachers to convert their unused sick leave to service credit for retirement.   Following the House’s action, Rep. Roch released this statement:   “This idea is incentive-based rather […]

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Rep. Monica Youngblood’s Effort To Reduce Auto-Thefts In NM Passes House 

  SANTA FE—Today the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 52, a bipartisan measure to limit the market for stolen vehicles. HB 52 is sponsored by Rep. Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque).     HB 52 requires auto-recyclers and scrap yards to contact the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department when purchasing a motor vehicle. Auto recyclers must confirm the […]

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Rep. Jim Smith’s Small Cell Wireless Bill Advances To Senate 

  SANTA FE—Today, by a vote of 54 to 10, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Jim Smith’s (R-Sandia Park) bill to ready New Mexico for “5G” wireless cellular technology.     House Bill 38, also known as the Wireless Consumer Advanced Infrastructure Investment Act, provides for the deployment of small cell wireless facilities on city and county rights-of-way. Allowing communities to work with providers to install these facilities will improve data transmission speeds and enhance cell […]

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Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Advances Baby Brianna Expansion Past House Judiciary Committee 

   SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 100, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes’s (R-Albuquerque) proposal to remove an arbitrary age distinction and expand Baby Brianna’s Law. This expansion will make all child abusers whose violent intentional actions result in the death of a child eligible for mandatory life sentencing.      Rep. Maestas […]

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Rep. Bill Rehm’s Public Safety Bills Pass House Appropriations And Finance Committee 

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Appropriations and Finance Committee passed two important public safety proposals sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque).   House Bill 33 removes the statute of limitations for second-degree murder in New Mexico. The bill also removes the time limit to commence prosecution for first-degree felony trafficking of controlled substances. HB 33 was combined with a similar bill, House Bill 115 […]

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