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, NM – Two memorials to honor Vietnam veterans passed the New Mexico House. HM 69 requests that a bridge located on Interstate 40, exit 47, at the continental divide, be named after Jackson Gibson. HM 70 requests that a bridge located at Interstate 40, exit 81, in Grants be named the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.” Both memorials are sponsored by Reps. Harry Garcia (D-Grants) and D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock).

 Santa Fe, NM – Today, a House Memorial sponsored by Reps. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque) and Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) to protect the rights of Native children and tribes, passed the House Floor. House Memorial 83 requests the Tribal Indian Child Welfare Consortium make recommendations to ensure the local governments and the state are fulfilling the obligations set out in the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to evaluate tribal community needs passed the House Floor by unanimous consent. House Memorial 75, introduced by Reps. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock), and Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), requests state agencies to work with tribal advisory groups to develop and recommend policies and legislative considerations.

Santa Fe, NM- Today, a memorial to increase quality classroom time for students passed the New Mexico House. HM 34, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would convene a task force to study the feasibility of a reduction in paperwork required of education employees, and would modify the New Mexico administrative code to aid in that reduction.

SANTA FE—This evening, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 79, a bipartisan effort to create a statewide tax holiday for Small Business Saturday. The bill passed by a vote of 43 to 20. Rep. David Adkins (R-Albuquerque) has championed this endeavor for the past two years, and he teamed with Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Steven Neville (R-Aztec) on this year’s proposal.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to address child poverty passed the New Mexico House. 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.

House passes bill to encourage sale of tax-delinquent properties

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed a plan to make it easier for the state to sell abandoned real property for which delinquent property tax is due. The legislation, House Bill 88, is backed by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas), Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena), and Sen. Greg Baca (R-Belen).

HB 88 creates an online marketplace for the sale of delinquent or abandoned properties. It gives the NM Tax and Revenue Department the flexibility to lower tax penalties and interest on properties if it will make them more attractive to potential buyers. The bill also gives New Mexico land grants the right of first offer on abandoned properties located within the boundaries of the land grant.

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.