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—Tomorrow morning, the House Education Committee will hear Rep. Alonzo Baldonado’s proposal to increase New Mexico’s teachers’ salaries.
House Bill 310 increases the minimum salaries for level one, two, and three teachers and school counselors. The bill would also provide $5 million for teacher recruitment initiatives statewide.
Santa Fe – Today, the House Labor and Economic Development Committee recognized the importance of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by passing a memorial introduced by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces). The introduction of HM 86 comes after the current federal administration has expressed their desire to pull out of the agreement, a decision that would have negative impacts on New Mexico’s economy.
“We have made great strides expanding exports, particularly with Mexico. Despite the threats to this agreement by the federal administration, we must defend the thousands of New Mexicans working in industries whose jobs are based on trade,” said Rep. Nathan Small.
House approves Baby Brianna Law expansion
SANTA FE—Tonight, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) secured a victory for New Mexico’s children when the House of Representatives approved House Bill 100 by a vote of 62 to 6. HB 100 removes the arbitrary age distinction in the current statute.
Under the current law, violent child abusers whose actions result in the death of a child are only eligible for a mandatory life sentence if their child victim is aged 11 or under. HB 100 expands the law to apply in all cases of child abuse resulting in death, regardless of the child’s age.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill introduced by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Floor unanimously. House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.
SANTA FE—Tonight, the House of Representatives unanimously endorsed Rep. Bill Rehm’s (R-Albuquerque) proposal to remove the statute of limitations for second-degree murder prosecutions. His measure, House Bill 33, was combined with a similar measure, House Bill 115, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque).
New Mexico is the only state in the country that applies a statute of limitations on second degree murder. The joint bipartisan effort now moves to the Senate for consideration.
To Prevent school shootings, pushed by Sen. George Muñoz
(Santa Fe, NM) – Legislation to make the state’s public school classrooms safer by funding security measures to prevent shootings and armed attacks on students today was passed by the New Mexico Senate. Democratic Senator George Muñoz (D-4-Cibola, McKinley and San Juan) successfully pressed for passage of SB 239 by unanimous vote, appropriating $40 million over four years through the public school capital outlay process for a wide array of protective steps to improve school safety, including card-swipe systems for doors, security cameras, metal detectors, and bullet-proof protective coatings for windows on school premises. Muñoz said implementing the security measures is necessary to prevent school shooting incidents from happening in the future.
SANTA FE — This morning, the House of Representatives honored Aztec High School employees Emery Hill and Kathleen "Katie" Potter for their brave actions to protect students after a disturbed shooter entered the school and began firing a weapon. Mr. Hill and Ms. Potter were formally recognized in House Memorial 98 sponsored by Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec), Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington), Rep. James Strickler (R-Farmington), and Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage (R-Kirtland).
SANTA FE—Today, the House of Representatives unanimously endorsed Rep. Bob Wooley’s House Bill 67, the New Mexico Stolen Valor Act. HB 67 makes misrepresentation of military service in an attempt to gain benefits or special consideration a misdemeanor crime. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.