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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 House Education Committee passed House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), a constitutional amendment that seeks to uplift New Mexico children by increasin funding for early childhood education. Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 invests in our state’s most precious resource, our children, by increasing enrollment in early childhood education and providing a strong return on investment to New Mexicans.

“This year, we again have the opportunity to adequately address the root causes of the crime crisis and end the cycle of poverty in New Mexico by investing in our kids and our future. Investing in early childhood education makes dollars and sense,” said Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque). “Early childhood education not only makes our state more attractive to businesses looking for a high-quality of life for their employees’ families, it will also provide every child the high-quality education our kids need to be successful.”

SANTA FE - This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 3 co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque). The memorial requests that the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) consider training their providers on the connection between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. 

“Animal abuse is often a sign of other types of violent behavior,” said Rep. Dines. “With this joint memorial, hopefully we can train state employees on spotting possible signs of abuse and raise public awareness about the link between violence against animals and violence against people.” 

SANTA FE—State Representatives Greg Nibert (R-Roswell), Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque), and Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) have introduced legislation to enhance sentences for offenders who commit a crime while awaiting trial, serving parole or probation.

House Bill 91 would increase sentences up to an additional five years for defendants convicted of a felony if the person committed the felony while awaiting trial or while serving probation or parole. The bill would also increase sentences up to an additional six months for those who drive under the influence as well as those who commit battery or aggravated battery against a household member while pending trial and free from jail or serving probation or parole.

img 1521Governor Susana Martinez Signs Bill To Avert Nursing Crisis In NM, as District 29 Sen. Howie Morales looks on, with District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow on the far right.SANTA FE—Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) released the following statement after Governor Susana Martinez’s action to sign Senate Bill 1 into law:

“When there’s a will, there’s a way,” said Rep. Nate Gentry, House Republican Leader. “Today we have shown the Legislature can move quickly to solve a crisis. I hope we have an opportunity to repeat this demonstration of bipartisan cooperation many times during this session.”

District 38 Rep. Rebecca Dow also added her comment: "As soon as the first constituent reached out to me, I took action. Apparently, so did every other legislator across the state. This is an example of what can be accomplished when an industry mobilizes around a clear need and clear solution."

 

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Members of the House of Representatives voted unanimously to adopt the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC), allowing nurses to practice in New Mexico and 27 other states without additional licensing requirements.

“Nurses are critical to our state’s healthcare system and local economies, especially in rural towns with small hospitals and nursing homes. We should be making it easier for nurses to provide care in New Mexico, not harder. Passing this compact was a bipartisan effort and we look forward to working with our colleagues across the aisle throughout the session to provide solutions for all New Mexicans,” said Representative Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Santa Fe, NM - Today, members on the House Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to adopt the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC), allowing nurses to practice in New Mexico and 27 other states without additional licensing requirements.

“Nurses are critical to our state’s healthcare system and local economies, especially in rural towns with small hospitals and nursing homes. We should be making it easier for nurses to provide care in New Mexico, not harder,” said Representative Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee.