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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—Earlier this evening, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Rep. Dennis Roch’s (R-Logan) plan to credit New Mexico’s teachers for their unused sick leave. House Bill 85 amends the state’s Educational Retirement Act to allow teachers to convert their unused sick leave to service credit for retirement.Following the House’s action, Rep. Roch released this statement: 

“This idea is incentive-based rather than punitive. Teachers who have accumulated large amounts of sick leave ought to be rewarded for their dedication to our students. This common-sense plan gives our educators an opportunity to not lose credit for their sick leave at the end of their careers. I appreciate the support my colleagues have given to this bill, and I hope the Senate will act on it soon.”

SANTA FE—Earlier this evening, the House of Representatives unanimously approved Rep. Dennis Roch’s (R-Logan) plan to credit New Mexico’s teachers for their unused sick leave. House Bill 85 amends the state’s Educational Retirement Act to allow teachers to convert their unused sick leave to service credit for retirement.Following the House’s action, Rep. Roch released this statement: 

“This idea is incentive-based rather than punitive. Teachers who have accumulated large amounts of sick leave ought to be rewarded for their dedication to our students. This common-sense plan gives our educators an opportunity to not lose credit for their sick leave at the end of their careers. I appreciate the support my colleagues have given to this bill, and I hope the Senate will act on it soon.”

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to name State Highway 50 after former Representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela passed the House Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee. The memorial was introduced by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Representative Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup).

SANTA FE—Today, by a vote of 54 to 10, the House of Representatives approved Rep. Jim Smith’s (R-Sandia Park) bill to ready New Mexico for “5G” wireless cellular technology. House Bill 38, also known as the Wireless Consumer Advanced Infrastructure Investment Act, provides for the deployment of small cell wireless facilities on city and county rights-of-way. Allowing communities to work with providers to install these facilities will improve data transmission speeds and enhance cell phone performance for New Mexico’s cell phone users.

SANTA FE—This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 100, Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes’s (R-Albuquerque) proposal to remove an arbitrary age distinction and expand Baby Brianna’s Law. This expansion will make all child abusers whose violent intentional actions result in the death of a child eligible for mandatory life sentencing.

 Santa Fe, NM – This week, the Business and Industry Committee passed House Bill 87, sponsored by Reps. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Española), and Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), legislation to create a solar market development income tax credit and repeal the expired solar market development tax credit. With more than three hundred days of sunlight New Mexico is a prime candidate for solar development.

Santa Fe, NM – The House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 200, introduced by Reps. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) and Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), that would encourage urban and rural businesses to create and fill new high-wage jobs in New Mexico. HB 200 will promote economic development across the state.

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand internet access in schools and libraries across the state unanimously passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. 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.