ICYMI: Rep. Jim Smith’s Small Cell Bill Sails Through Senate 

House Bill 38 Goes to Governor’s Office Next    SANTA FE—Yesterday, the Senate approved Rep. Jim Smith’s (R-Sandia Park) effort to prepare New Mexico for the next generation of wireless technology. House Bill 38, the Wireless Consumer Advanced Infrastructure Investment Act, passed by a vote of 34 to 3.     HB 38 allows wireless providers to install small […]

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Rep. David Gallegos Guides Crucial Road Safety Bill Through The Legislature 

  SANTA FE—Earlier today, the Senate approved a measure sponsored by Rep. David Gallegos (R-Eunice) to ensure the state appropriately maintains the safety records of commercial vehicle drivers on New Mexico’s roads.     House Bill 182 changes the time period for the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department (TRD) to maintain conviction records for holders of commercial driver’s licenses from three years […]

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Rep. Monica Youngblood’s Anti-Auto Theft Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk 

  SANTA FE—Earlier today, the Senate passed House Bill 52, Rep. Monica Youngblood’s plan to limit the market for stolen vehicles in New Mexico. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Howie Morales (D-Silver City). It now heads to Governor Susana Martinez for action.    Rep. Youngblood released the following statement after the Senate’s vote:    […]

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Rep. Rod Montoya’s Statement On House Passage Of Plan To Protect San Juan County From Economic Disaster 

SANTA FE—Tonight, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 325, Rep. Rod Montoya’s plan to cushion the economic impact of the pending San Juan Generating Station closure. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Steven Neville (R-Aztec), and it passed by a vote of 44-25.    Rep. Montoya released the following statement after tonight’s vote:    “Time […]

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Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert Continues Effort To Improve Public Safety In NM 

  SANTA FE—Rep. Jane Powdrell-Culbert presented her proposal to address the criminal justice “revolving door” problem in New Mexico to the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee this afternoon.     House Bill 242 limits the reduction, deferment or suspension of sentences for robbery or aggravated burglary. It also prevents courts from entering a conditional discharge order for individuals found guilty of robbery while armed with a deadly […]

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Senate Approves Rep. Tim Lewis’s Survivors Scholarship Benefit Expansion Bill 

Next stop: Governor Martinez’s Desk   SANTA FE—This evening, the New Mexico Senate unanimously approved House Bill 55, Rep. Tim Lewis’s effort to expand scholarship benefits for the surviving family members of New Mexico police offers and firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty.   HB 55 expands the existing survivors’ scholarship to cover costs related to room, board, books, and […]

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House Approves Rep. Jim Smith’s Lottery Scholarship Decoupling Bill 

  SANTA FE—Tonight, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 270, Rep. Jim Smith’s (R-Sandia Park) proposal to decouple lottery scholarship awards from tuition rates. HB 270 is co-sponsored by Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington).     Currently, lottery scholarships cover a percentage of tuition based on the average tuition rates charged by each type of […]

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House Honors Retiring Republican Representatives 

  SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House of Representatives honored the legislative careers of Rep. Jim Smith (R-Sandia Park), Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-Alamogordo), and Rep. Dennis Roch (R-Logan). These three representatives have announced that they do not intend to seek re-election to the House of Representatives this year.     Rep. Jim Smith began his legislative career in 2011. A retired charter school science and […]

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Rep. Rod Montoya Scores Important Victory for San Juan County

  Bill to ease the impact of San Juan Generating Station closure approved by House Judiciary Committee    SANTA FE—This morning, the House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Rod Montoya’s (R-Farmington) plan to help San Juan County withstand the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station.     HB 325 requires PNM, the owner of the generating station, to cushion the devastating financial blow the closure will have on […]

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Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, Sen. Greg Baca, CYFD Secretary Monique Jacobson,   & 1st District DA Marco Serna Call for Senate Action on Baby Brianna Bill 

  SANTA FE—This afternoon, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque), Sen. Greg Baca (R-Belen), NM Children’s, Youth, and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson, First Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna, victim advocates, and law enforcement will hold a press conference to urge Senate action on House Bill 100. The bill expands Baby Brianna’s Law to make all abusers whose actions result in the […]

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