Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes Presents Baby Brianna Law Expansion Today to House Judiciary Committee 

  SANTA FE—Today Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes continues her work to protect New Mexico’s children when she presents House Bill 100, her proposal to expand Baby Brianna’s Law so it applies to all child abusers whose violent actions result in the death of a child, regardless of the child’s age.     Rep. Maestas Barnes has advocated for this change for […]

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Rep. Tim Lewis’s Comprehensive Anti-DWI Bill Advances 

  SANTA FE—Today, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed Rep. Tim Lewis’s (R-Rio Rancho) comprehensive plan to combat DWI in New Mexico. His proposal, House Bill 54, would reduce DWI related deaths and injuries on New Mexico’s roads by increasing consequences and closing loopholes for individuals caught driving under the influence.   HB 54 would make individuals with five or more DWI convictions eligible for prosecution under New Mexico’s habitual offender statute. Lewis’s proposal increases the consequence for drivers convicted […]

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House Celebrates “New Mexico’s Angels on Earth” Day in Honor of APD Officer Ryan Holets & His Family 

  SANTA FE—Today the House of Representatives adopted House Memorial 57 proclaiming February 6, 2018, as “New Mexico’s Angels on Earth” Day in honor of Ryan and Rebecca Holets, a Rio Rancho couple who have received national attention for adopting a baby born to a woman struggling with heroin addiction. The memorial was sponsored by Rep. Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences) and Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio […]

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Rep. Bob Wooley’s Stolen Valor Act Passes Second Committee  

SANTA FE—Earlier today, the House State Government, Indian, and Veterans Affairs Committee endorsed Rep. Bob Wooley’s New Mexico Stolen Valor Act.     Wooley’s proposal, House Bill 67, would make misrepresenting one’s military service in order to gain benefits, services, or preferential consideration a misdemeanor offense. The bipartisan effort is co-sponsored by Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), Rep. David Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Rep. Randal Crowder (R-Clovis), and Rep. Rudy Martinez (D-Bayard).   […]

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Rep. Jason Harper’s Taxpayer Protection Bill Passes NM House 

  SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 194, a measure sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho) to protect New Mexico taxpayers from overly burdensome recordkeeping requirements. 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 […]

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House To Hear Memorial Recognizing Ryan And Rebecca Holets Tomorrow 

SANTA FE—Tomorrow morning, the House of Representatives will proclaim February 6, 2018 as “New Mexico’s Angels on Earth” Day to recognize the selfless efforts of Ryan and Rebecca Holets to promote adoption and drug treatment awareness.   Albuquerque Police Officer Ryan Holets, and his wife, Rebecca, gained national attention for adopting a baby from Crystal Champ, a homeless woman struggling with heroin addiction. Since the adoption, the Holets family have […]

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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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