Bill to Help Counties Dispose Of Abandoned Property Clears First House Committee 

SANTA FE—Today, the House Business and Industry Committee approved House Bill 88, legislation sponsored by Reps. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas), and Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena), and Sen. Greg Baca (R-Belen) to give the Valencia County Treasurer’s office more flexibility to dispose of delinquent tax property.    There are 116,155 delinquent properties in New Mexico, and 46% are […]

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Rep. Monica Youngblood’s Auto-Theft Deterrence Bill Approved By Second House Committee 

  SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Business and Industry Committee endorsed House Bill 52, legislation to prevent auto thieves from selling stolen vehicles to auto recyclers and salvage yards. The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Rep. Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque).     HB 52 requires auto recyclers to electronically report all motor vehicle purchases to the New Mexico Tax and Revenue […]

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Rep. Tim Lewis Wins House Approval For Bipartisan Measure To Expand Scholarship Benefits For Children of Firefighters & Police Officers Killed In The Line Of Duty 

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Bill 55, bipartisan 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 […]

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Rep. Bill Rehm Continues Work On Bipartisan Crime Reform  

  SANTA FE—Today, Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) continued his efforts to work on bipartisan crime reform in New Mexico. His proposal to increase penalties for felons who carry firearms gained unanimous approval from the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee this afternoon.     House Bill 25 increases the sentence for felons caught receiving, transporting, or possessing a firearm from 18 months to three years in prison. Prior to the Committee’s approval, Rep. Rehm collaborated with Rep. Antonio “Moe” […]

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Rep. Nate Gentry’s Innovative Bipartisan Education Bills Pass House Committee  

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Local Government, Elections, and Land Grants Committee passed two innovative bipartisan proposals to support student achievement in New Mexico. The bills are jointly sponsored by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque).   The first bill, House Bill 22, requires schools to notify parents by text message when their child is absent from school. It also requires […]

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Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Guides Baby Brianna Law Expansion Through House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee 

  SANTA FE—Today, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee voted unanimously to pass House Bill 100, legislation proposed by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) to expand Baby Brianna’s Law to apply to all abusers whose intentional harmful actions result in a child’s death.    The Committee acted to approve the measure following heartfelt testimony from numerous […]

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Rep. Rebecca Dow’s Family-Friendly Workplace Income Tax Credit Proposal Unanimously Approved By House Business And Industry Committee 

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Business and Industry Committee unanimously approved House Bill 212 to establish a family-friendly workplace income tax credit for New Mexico small businesses.   HB 212, sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences), provides a tax credit for small businesses that have implemented family-friendly workplace policies such as parental paid leave and part-time employee benefits. Employers […]

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House Judiciary Committee Passes Comprehensive, Bipartisan Public Safety Package

Bills Would Improve Public Safety for New Mexico Communities   Santa Fe, NM- Today, a bipartisan, comprehensive public safety package passed the House Judiciary Committee. The package includes bills sponsored by Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E. Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Reps. Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), and Daymon Ely (D-Corrales). This package is a […]

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House Committee To Hear Baby Brianna Law Expansion Bill Tomorrow 

  SANTA FE—Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes will present House Bill 100, legislation to expand Baby Brianna’s Law, to the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee tomorrow afternoon, Thursday, February 1, 2018.    HB 100 would remove the arbitrary age restriction present in the current law. Baby Brianna’s Law imposes mandatory life sentences on individuals whose intentional abusive or negligent actions result in the death of […]

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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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