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—This evening, the Senate unanimously approved Rep. Bob Wooley's (R-Roswell) effort to make it a crime to misrepresent one's military service record in an attempt to gain benefits or preferential consideration. The legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. Debbie Rodella (D-Española), Sen. Richard Martinez (D-Española), Rep. David Adkins (R-Albuquerque), and Rep. Randal Crowder (R-Clovis).
Rep. Wooley issued the following statement after the Senate vote:
Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand internet access in schools and libraries across the state passed the Senate Floor and is headed to the Governor's desk. HB 207, introduced by Candie G. Sweetser (D-Deming), would appropriate money from the general fund for broadband infrastructure in public school, tribal, and community libraries.
"Internet access connects our communities, from across the state to around the world. This bill will positively impact New Mexicans by providing them more opportunity for success. I'm so proud to have had bipartisan support on this important bill," said Rep. Candie Sweetser.
SANTA FE – A bill sponsored by Senator Stuart Ingle that would have required a single comprehensive audit of state agencies was tabled Tuesday in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, on a motion made by Chair Patricia Lundstrom.
Senate Bill 316 received a message from Governor Martinez and unanimously passed the Senate.
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives and Senate voted to send the budget to Governor Martinez after a bicameral, bipartisan budget conference committee met. Appointed to the committee by House Speaker Brian Egolf were Reps. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup), George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa), and Larry Larrañaga (R-Albuquerque). The conference committee was created to work out differences between the House and Senate budgets.
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 have experienced cuts.
"This bipartisan budget has now been agreed upon by the House and Senate and heads to the governor. This budget focuses on diversifying the economy and allowing local communities to thrive, while also addressing crime and public safety" said House Appropriations and Finance Committee Chair Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup).
"This budget invests in priorities and initiatives that are needed across the state. From repairing our roads to investing in good-paying jobs, our budget is an outline of more than just spending – it’s an outline of priorities that all New Mexicans share," said Rep. George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa).
The House and Senate both adopted the Conference Committee report. The budget now heads to the Governor’s desk.
SANTA FE—This afternoon, the Senate unanimously approved a bill to protect New Mexican taxpayers from “gotcha” non-taxable transaction certificate (NTTC) audits. The bipartisan House Bill 194 is sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho) and co-sponsored by Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), and Sen. Clemente Sanchez (D-Grants).
Committee Chair Fails to Schedule HB269 for a Hearing
SANTA FE – A bi-partisan bill that would require audits of publicly financed candidates has stalled in the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee chaired by Representative Miguel Garcia.
House Bill 269 received a message from Governor Martinez but never received a hearing despite having just one committee referral in the House.
SANTA FE—Last night, the House of Representatives unanimously endorsed Senate Bill 50, bipartisan legislation to prevent fraudulent or misattributed credit card contributions to political campaigns. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Cisco McSorley (D-Albuquerque). Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) is co-sponsoring the legislation as well.
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.