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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Rep. Jason Harper’s Taxpayer Protection Bill Passes 2nd Senate Committee  

  SANTA FE—This afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved House Bill 194, an effort sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho) to ease burdensome paperwork requirements for New Mexico taxpayers. The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), and Sen. Clemente Sanchez (D-Grants).     HB 194 allows New Mexico gross receipts taxpayers to offer alternative evidence proving that certain transactions […]

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UPDATE: Bipartisan Public Safety Package Clears Another Hurdle

Santa Fe, NM – The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today and will move to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.   The package includes bills sponsored by Representatives Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E. Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Elizabeth […]

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ICYMI: House Endorses Rep. Yvette Herrell’s Bill To Protect NM Pecan Growers

  SANTA FE—Saturday night, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Yvette Herrell’s effort to protect New Mexico’s pecan growers. Her measure, House Bill 214, passed by a vote of 60 to 2.     HB 214, also known as the Pecan Buyers Licensure Act, creates a state licensing and oversight process for in-shell pecan buyers. This licensure process will help protect pecan growers from crop […]

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Rep. Cathrynn Brown Gains House Approval For Carlsbad Brine Well Funding 

  SANTA FE—This morning, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate Bill 226, a plan to secure needed funding to stabilize and remediate the Carlsbad Brine Well.     SB 226 redistributes 4.15% of the state Motor Vehicle Excise Tax from the general fund to the state road fund. This funding could provide close $30 million over the next four years to help prevent the collapse […]

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