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—Yesterday, the Senate approved Rep. Jim Smith’s (R-Sandia Park) effort to prepare New Mexico for the next generation of wireless technology. House Bill 38, the Wireless Consumer Advanced Infrastructure Investment Act, passed by a vote of 34 to 3.
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill that would improve Native American student success passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously. HB 151 requires a needs assessment to determine the services public school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to raise pay for New Mexico teachers passed the House Education Committee and now heads to the House Floor. SB 119, sponsored by Senator Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would increase minimum salaries for all teacher levels.
“We have seen other bills come up around increasing teacher pay that don’t incorporate the proposed raise into the state budget, which makes it really hard to move the legislation forward.I am glad to see a bill that includes an appropriation, so we can lift up our educators who are working hard every day to provide the best education possible for our children,” said Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Chairwoman of the House Education Committee.
SANTA FE—Earlier today, the Senate approved a measure sponsored by Rep. David Gallegos (R-Eunice) to ensure the state appropriately maintains the safety records of commercial vehicle drivers on New Mexico’s roads.
House Bill 182 changes the time period for the New Mexico Tax and Revenue Department (TRD) to maintain conviction records for holders of commercial driver’s licenses from three years to six years. It also requires TRD to keep the records of commercial vehicle drivers convicted of great bodily harm, injury to pregnant women, and driving under the influence for 55 years.
SANTA FE—Earlier today, the Senate passed House Bill 52, Rep. Monica Youngblood’s plan to limit the market for stolen vehicles in New Mexico. The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Howie Morales (D-Silver City). It now heads to Governor Susana Martinez for action.
Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to affirm human rights for undocumented people passed the New Mexico House. House Memorial 54, sponsored by Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), upholds the House of Representatives promote, enforce, and defend policies and procedures that protect the human and civil rights of all people in New Mexico regardless of their status.
Santa Fe – A House Joint Memorial to make elections more fair passed the Senate Floor today. The memorial, sponsored by Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), calls for Congress to pass the “Fix It America” constitutional amendment. If this amendment were adopted by Congress, it would overturn the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision, limiting the disproportionate influence campaign contributions have on elections, and ensuring political districts are drawn fairly.
SANTA FE—Tonight, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 325, Rep. Rod Montoya’s plan to cushion the economic impact of the pending San Juan Generating Station closure. The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Steven Neville (R-Aztec), and it passed by a vote of 44-25.