New Mexico Legislative Session 2018

Items about the New Mexico Legislative 2018 session, which began Jan. 16, 2018 and will end on Feb. 15, 2018 can be viewed here.

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget to invest in New Mexico’s economy and put the state back on track. The 2019 Fiscal Year budget includes a total of $6.32 billion in funding that will invest in public schools, increase support for job training and economic development, boost teachers’ salaries, ensure the judiciary is properly funded, support public safety measures, fund roads and infrastructure projects across the state, and backfill agencies that experienced drastic cuts.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services committee. House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.

Santa Fe, NM - Today, a bill to fund domestic violence services throughout the state of New Mexico passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. House Bill 159 is sponsored by Reps. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), Joanne J. Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), and Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and funds domestic violence services through the Children, Youth and Families Department.

SANTA FE—Today, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee unanimously approved House Bill 33, legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) to remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting second-degree murder.
Prior to approving the bill, the Committee agreed to substitute the original text with language combining HB 33 with a similar bill, HB 115, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque). Rep. Rehm is a retired officer with Bernalillo County Sherriff’s Department and Rep. Maestas is a former prosecutor.

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants, and Cultural Affairs Committee approved House Bill 38, the Wireless Advanced Infrastructure Act sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Sandia Park) and Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española).

 Santa Fe, N.M. - The New Mexico Film Office announced today that Dr. Barbara Damron, New Mexico Cabinet Secretary of Higher Education will be the Keynote Speaker at its annual Film & Media Education Summit on February 10th, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the Santa Fe Hotel Hacienda and Spa, 1501 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Santa Fe, NM – Monday, House Joint Memorial 9 (HJM 9), sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque), passed the House Floor. The memorial would create safer communities by addressing public safety needs across the state through direct communication with public safety stakeholders.

 SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 3, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque) to help state agency personnel identify potential family abuse issues.