NM Legislative session 2019

Santa Fe – Recently, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 25, the Teaching Pathways Coordinator Act, sponsored by Rep. Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque). House Bill 25 provides for a coordinator to work with school districts, schools, and institutes of higher learning to track how many students want to go into the teaching profession.

“We have too few teachers in New Mexico and too few in the pipeline,” said Rep. Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque). “We must invest in motivating young people to enter the noble profession of teaching especially in needed fields such as bilingual, multicultural, and STEM education. The Teaching Pathways Coordinator Act provides for a coordinator for teaching pathways that will help track how many New Mexicans are interested and perusing teaching as a profession, and will also collect data to ensure our future teachers are fulfilling the needs of our students.”

Santa Fe – Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed three bills that support New Mexico’s economic development, infrastructure, and jobs. House Bill 165, the Modifying High Wage Jobs Tax Credit Act, sponsored by Rep. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming); House Bill 176, the Broadband Telecomm Facility Gross Receipts Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Carlos Cisneros (D-Questa); and House Bill 184, the Apprenticeship Program Income Tax Credits Act, sponsored by Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe).

Santa Fe – Today, the House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 22, sponsored by Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe) and Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque). Senate Bill 22 will create an Early Childhood Education and Care Department as a new cabinet department effective July 1, 2020.

Senate Bill 22 will create the Early Childhood Education and Care Department as a cabinet-level department consisting of the following offices and divisions:

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to help protect New Mexico’s water passed the House of Representatives. House bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), and Sen. Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe), would require that a water use lease permit served by an acequia or community ditch may only be granted after the acequia’s Board of Commissions and the Office of the State Engineer has heard objections to and approved the application.

“This bill provides needed oversight on water leases in our state so we can better protect our state’s most precious resource,” said Rep. Christine Chandler. “Our acequias should have the opportunity to evaluate and object to the diversion of water within their communities so they can better manage and oversee this important resource.”

House Bill 17 includes an emergency clause. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Santa Fe – Today, a critical bipartisan water bill passed the House Floor with unanimous support. House Bill 651, sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena), will help address the top issue identified in the state water plan—the need to improve our state’s water data and science. 

This legislation will help address water needs across the state by making water data more open and usable and fostering partnerships to develop new tools.  The bill is supported by a broad coalition of supporters including agricultural producers, irrigation districts and acequias, conservation, research, and business organizations, and state agencies, counties, and municipalities.

House Bill 651, the Water Data Act, would create a state water data council, co-chaired by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and the Interstate Stream Commission, to help make water data more open and accessible in partnership with federal, tribal, and local organizations. Together, these agencies will help develop common standards, identify gaps, and support communities in bringing information together to improve water management across the state.  

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to better serve New Mexico’s courts passed the House Floor unanimously. House Bill 279, sponsored by Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), would amend the New Mexico Statute Act to provide that on-record civil, DWI, and domestic violence cases in the Metropolitan Court are appealed directly to the Court of Appeals.

“This piece of legislation is part of our efforts to reform our criminal justice system in New Mexico,” said Rep. Hochman-Vigil. “The current set up for dealing with these cases is an unnecessary waste of resources. The Court of Appeals has the capacity to deal with these cases and this critical change better serves our communities and our court system.”

According to the Fiscal Impact Report, the extra operational costs incurred by the Court of Appeals are likely to be offset by the reduction in costs experienced by the reduction in caseload in the district court. 

House Bill 279 now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Albuquerque, NM – March 9, 2019 –  The Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce that a bill it has been greatly involved in has just passed both chambers of the State Legislature.  The bill, SB 42 aims to help missing persons living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia return home safe by enhancing New Mexico's Silver Alert policy.  SB 42 will now go to the desk of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for her consideration.

The bill, SB-42, greatly strengthen the Missing Person Notification System, specifically Silver Alerts that can help recover people with dementia who may wander.  Because of the direct effect on its constituents, the Alzheimer's Association, NM Chapter was involved in advising SB-42's sponsor, Senator Richard C. Martinez, helping to draft the legislation and advocating for the bill as it made its way through the legislature.  

SB 42 passed the House tonight with a unanimous bipartisan vote, after also having cleared the Senate by unanimous vote on Februray 7th. 

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 521, sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), . This bill would enable utility investments to support the creation of reliable charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The bill would also remove regulatory barriers that are currently inhibiting investments by independent electric vehicle charging companies. 

“House Bill 521 brings New Mexico closer to a clean energy economy” said Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces). “Not only does this help us transition to renewable energy but it also helps bridge the divide by giving everyday New Mexicans access to electric vehicles such as electric buses. By encouraging the creation of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles we will be ensuring that we protect our environment and embrace clean energy.”