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, NM – A bill to make it a crime to lie to the Environment Department passed today in the New Mexico House. HB 142 imposes criminal penalties for owners and operators of public water systems who lie to inspectors from the Department of the Environment. Currently, there are no penalties for lying to inspectors nor for tampering with devices or records.
“Protecting our public water systems so our communities have access to clean drinking water is essential. Turning on the tap shouldn’t endanger New Mexican’s health, and HB 142 helps keep our public water systems safe,” said Rep. Nathan Small.
The bill now heads to the Senate.
Santa Fe – State Highway 50 is poised to be named for former State Representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela after a memorial passed the House Floor with unanimous consent. House Memorial 71 was introduced by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Representative Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup).
“Representative Lucky Varela’s service should serve as example for all legislators. Naming Highway 50 after him will commemorate his work for New Mexico and honor his service,” said Speaker of the House Brian Egolf.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico House passed Rep. Nathan Small’s (D-Las Cruces) Memorial to promote college readiness. House Memorial 46 convenes a task force between the Higher Education Department and the Public Education Department to recommend a strategy to bolster New Mexico’s dual credit program.
“Students from across the state are engaged in this program and are getting ahead because of the opportunity to take college classes while still in high school. Dual credits are important because they provide an affordable way for students to begin college,” said Rep. Nathan Small.
SANTA FE—This afternoon, by a vote of 64 to 3, the House of Representatives endorsed House Bill 332, a plan advocated by Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque) to notify parents via text message if their child has an upcoming required assessment or if their child’s grade point average falls below 2.0.
Rep. Gentry offered this idea as a low-cost way to improve student outcomes. A 2017 study by Columbia University found that weekly text message alerts to parents about missed assignments, grades, and class absences reduced student course failures by 38%, increased class attendance by 17%, and improved district retention rates by two percentage points.
Santa Fe, N.M. – Today Rep. Daymon Ely‘s memorial that seeks to create more economic stability for New Mexico families passed the New Mexico House. House Memorial 4 would convene a parental paid-leave working group to develop recommendations for establishing a parental paid-leave and paid family-and medical-leave program for New Mexico.
“No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and caring for a sick child. This measure will move toward creating economic stability for families while ensuring a productive workforce,” said Rep. Ely.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to address child poverty passed the House Education Committee. HB 136, introduced by Rep. Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), would require schools to provide training on the effects of poverty to school employees who work with at-risk students.
“Confronting the challenging effects of poverty will help our schools improve their students’ academic success, and will give staff the resources they need to better serve these students,” said Rep. Patricio Ruiloba.
SANTA FE—Last night, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Rep. Bill Rehm’s (R-Albuquerque) effort to create an auto theft prevention authority in New Mexico.
House Bill 173 establishes an auto theft prevention authority within the New Mexico Office of
the Superintendent of Insurance. The idea is based on a similar authority in Colorado. The authority to seek federal and private funds to help local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors prevent, investigate, and prosecute auto thefts.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, a memorial to protect marijuana patients’ access to medicinal care passed the House Floor. House Memorial 5, sponsored by Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park), would request that the New Mexico congressional delegation create laws that protect the use of medicinal cannabis in New Mexico.
“Patients deserve to access the care they need. The idea that patients may be criminalized because they are trying to care for themselves is unacceptable, and we need to make sure that we are protecting New Mexico patients,” said Rep. Bill McCamley.