House Judiciary Approves Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes’ Bill to Expand Baby Brianna’s Law

Santa Fe, NM ­­– This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved House Bill 45, a bill sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Bernalillo) to apply Baby Brianna’s Law to all perpetrators of intentional child abuse resulting in death, regardless of the age of their child victims. Currently, Baby Brianna’s Law allows individuals convicted of […]

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House Committee Passes Memorial to Help Prevent Animal Abuse and Family Violence

Santa Fe, NM – This afternoon, the House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 6 sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo). The memorial requests that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) consider training their providers on the connection between animal abuse and interpersonal […]

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Republican Lawmakers Meet with NM Environment Secretary Tongate on New Food Handling Regulations

Legislators voice concerns about the impact on rural communities. Santa Fe, NM – Yesterday, Republican members of the House and Senate met with New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Secretary Butch Tongate to discuss the department’s new food handling regulations. Lawmakers expressed concerns about the impact the regulations would have on community groups, businesses and nonprofit […]

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House Committee Blocks Bill to Protect Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders

Santa Fe, NM – Yesterday the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee blocked a bill to amend New Mexico’s Hate Crimes Act and include law enforcement officers and emergency personnel as protected classes. Gentry’s proposal, House Bill 79, was voted down 3 to 2 along party lines. By including law enforcement officers and first responders […]

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Rep. Kelly Fajardo’s Child Protection Bill Passes First Test

Santa Fe, NM – Legislation offered by Rep Kelly Fajardo (R-Valencia) to protect New Mexico’s children from receiving pornographic images from sexual predators unanimously passed its first committee this afternoon. Fajardo’s bill, House Bill 71, would clarify language in the current statute relating to criminal sexual communication with a child to include all pornographic images. […]

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