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NM Legislative session 2019

 Saturday, March 16, 2018 the New Mexico Legislature adjourned from its hectic and busy 2019 Legislative session at noon. While this session saw the passage of extreme gun control legislation, Senate Bill 8, multiple gun control bills were also defeated as the final gavel dropped, Including:

House Bill 83: Extreme risk firearm protection order or "red flag" legislation sponsored by Representative Daymon Ely, sought to authorize the seizure of firearms and ammunition from individuals without due process. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves or others in an ex parte proceeding -- prior to any formal court hearing at which the respondent can be represented by counsel and present counter evidence -- would be sufficient for law enforcement to enter that person's home and confiscate their private property.

HB 324 Declares PTSD a Disease that May Result from Firefighter Duties

HB 324, Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s and Rep. Melanie Stansbury’s legislation to establish Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a disease that—when diagnosed in a firefighter without previous health issues—can be presumed to have been caused by the firefighter’s service, passed the Senate late Friday and is now headed to the governor.

“Yes, our firefighters are heroes, but they are also human,” Armstrong said. “We ask so much of them—from running into burning buildings to pulling victims out of mangled cars. It’s time we let firefighters know that we understand the intensity of the work they do and the consequences it can have on their mental health.”

HB 324 amends existing New Mexico law to expand the definition of “Firefighter Occupational Diseases” to include PTSD. In 2017, identical legislation passed the House and Senate, but was pocket vetoed by then-Gov. Susan Martinez.

Historic investments in education and infrastructure

Santa Fe, NM – Today at noon the 54th Legislative Session of the New Mexico Legislature came to a close. House Democrats passed legislation aimed at addressing poverty, public safety, and making historic investments in public education and energy transition.

“We have a mandate to lift an entire generation of New Mexico’s children from a lifetime of poverty. This historic investment into public education is a major step forward for our children and the education moonshot they deserve,” said House Majority Floor Leader Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque). “We can no longer afford to wait to make these investments, we must invest in our children now. House Bill 5 ensures that we are appropriately funding public education and also ensures accountability of how our tax payer dollars are spent within our Public Education System.”

Funding appropriated for new programs, ACA protections codified in state law, key bills passed

Rep. Debbie Armstrong, chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, on Saturday thanked her colleagues in the Legislature for the passage of key legislation to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for New Mexicans.

Measure Calls For CYFD to Improve Care of Foster Children

Santa Fe – House Republicans are cheering the passage of House Joint Memorial 10 (HJM 10) which calls on the Children, Youth and Families Department to convene a task force to better protect foster children throughout the state. HJM 10 is sponsored by Representatives Rebecca Dow (R-Truth or Consequences,) Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas,) and Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) and it outlines requirements for the task force to address in order provide better care for approximately 2,500 in New Mexico.

Monday, Mar. 11

Shoplifting
3025 E. Highway 180
A named male has stolen another Yeti item/happened on Saturday/he is back in the store. Officer issued subject an indefinite CTW.

Criminal trespass warning
206 N. Hudson Street – 9:38 a.m.
Female wearing a gray hoodie and brown pants is refusing to leave/she has a CTW. Officer out at Laundryland with female and issued her an indefinite CTW for all W&N Enterprises.

SB 229 Eliminates Failing A-through-F School Grading System

Sen. Mimi Stewart’s bill to scrap the existing, ineffective A-through-F school grading system and replace it with a comprehensive, transparent school assessment tool that will move schools—and students—forward received concurrence from the Senate Friday evening after the House of Representatives earlier in the day passed the bill by a vote of 48-16. SB 229 is now headed to the governor.

Santa Fe – Today, the Senate passed a bill sponsored by Representative Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) and Representative Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. House Bill 100 celebrates New Mexico’s indigenous and Native American communities. 

“Indigenous people have greatly contributed to New Mexico’s rich and vibrant cultural history. This day is an act of restorative justice for our indigenous communities, and it is a time to reflect on our understanding of our country’s history, both the good and the bad. New Mexico’s Nations, Tribes, and Pueblos are what truly make us the Land of Enchantment, and I look forward to the Governor signing this important bill so we can properly honor our indigenous communities.” said Rep. Derrick Lente.

“Native communities are core to our state’s identity,” said Rep. Andrea Romero. “This day is a celebration of New Mexico’s indigenous cultures, their resiliency, and the endless positive contributions they have made to New Mexico’s history. As this bill moves up to the Governor for her signature, we remember the many indigenous tribes and nations who have made this possible.”

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