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—This morning, the House Judiciary Committee passed Rep. Rod Montoya’s (R-Farmington) plan to help San Juan County withstand the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station. 

HB 325 requires PNM, the owner of the generating station, to cushion the devastating financial blow the closure will have on the local communities, especially the Central Consolidated School District, where the facility is located.

SANTA FE, N.M. – Patients will be able to get the medications they need for serious diseases without having to try another medicine and be forced to “fail first” under a new bill that passed Tuesday that would place reasonable limits on the practice known as “Step Therapy.” 

The bill, which was placed on the governor’s call early in the session, will reform the process that forces patients to try drugs that insurance companies choose, making patients “fail first” before the patient gets to use the medicine that their doctor originally prescribed.

Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, a bipartisan bill to ensure patients get the right medication at the right time made history, and passed the House Floor. Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Senators Elizabeth "Liz" Stefanics (D-Cerrillos) and Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), would improve “step therapy”, the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones. SB 11 would allow doctors to skip treatments that have already proven ineffective or harmful and prescribe more effective treatments first.

 SANTA FE—This afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved House Bill 194, an effort sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho) to ease burdensome paperwork requirements for New Mexico taxpayers. The bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), and Sen. Clemente Sanchez (D-Grants).

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to allow the New Mexico State Library and the state Historic Preservation Division to fundraise for the support of their programs and services passed the Senate Floor unanimously. House Bill 117 is sponsored by Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), and would authorize the two organizations to seek non-state funds.

Santa Fe, NM – The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today and will move to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

The package includes bills sponsored by Representatives Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), David E. Adkins (R-Albuquerque), Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque), and Daymon Ely (D-Corrales). This package is a bipartisan effort to keep New Mexico communities safe by using a framework that addresses crime across the entire criminal justice system.

 SANTA FE—This morning, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate Bill 226, a plan to secure needed funding to stabilize and remediate the Carlsbad Brine Well. 

SB 226 redistributes 4.15% of the state Motor Vehicle Excise Tax from the general fund to the state road fund. This funding could provide close $30 million over the next four years to help prevent the collapse of the Carlsbad brine well.

 Santa Fe, NM - A bill that would work to prevent theft in evacuation zones is heading to the Senate. House Bill 32, sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), would protect the property of New Mexicans who have to evacuate their homes during a natural disaster, by holding those that commit burglary in an evacuation zone accountable to a higher degree.