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Veteran-related legislation in New Mexico 03/4/2013

The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services will provide you with this daily courtesy update for the duration of the Session.  It will contain information about all introduced Bills/Memorials/Resolutions and show their status in the legislative process.
 
The deadline has now passed for any additional legislation to be introduced for
The Session.
 
For more information about the 2013 Legislature, go to the Legislature website at http://www.nmlegis.gov.
 
The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services fully supports these veteran-related pieces of legislation. We encourage you to contact your local legislators to voice your support for these measures.  You can find the contact information of all legislators at:  
www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislatorsearch.aspx.
 
 
 
Bill:               HB15
Sponsors:    Anderson (R29)
Title:            TAXATION: ARMED FORCES RETIREES' INCENTIVE TAX CREDIT
Summary:    Adds a new section to the Income Tax Act to provide a phased in annual state income tax credit of up to $1,000 to encourage military retirees to move to New Mexico and use their expertise in its work force.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Taxation and Fees; Public Employees/Retirement
Related:       2013:SM27
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/16/2013 – House Taxation and Revenue Committee
History:        12/18/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
                     01/16/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Taxation & Revenue.
                     01/16/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
Bill:               HB16
Sponsors:    Anderson (R29)
Title:            FUNDING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF USS NEW MEXICO SUBMARINE
Summary:    Appropriates $50,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Military Affairs for FY2014 to educate the public on the mission of the nuclear‑powered submarine USS New Mexico, sponsor the visit of its crew to the state, and recognize its top sailors each quarter and each year.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/24/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        12/18/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
                     01/16/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/16/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     01/24/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
Bill:               HB36
Sponsors:    Hamilton (R38); Cisneros (D6)
Title:            VETERANS' PTSD TREATMENT PILOT PROJECT
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) (Identical to 2012 HHGAC substitute for HB101) Appropriate $250,000 (GF) to the Veterans’ Services Department for a pilot program to treat veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with virtual reality therapy. Funding is for use from FY2014 through FY2017.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Appropriations; State Affairs and State Agencies; Interim Studies and Interim Committees; Information Technology; Higher Education; Health and Medical Practice
Related:       2012:HB101; 2013:HB233; 2013:HM27
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/11/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        12/28/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
                     01/16/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Education.
                     01/16/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/11/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Education.
Bill:               HB102
Sponsors:    Martinez, Rudolpho (D39)
Title:            DEMOLISH FORT BAYARD MEDICAL CENTER
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Appropriates $5 million (GF) to GSD’s Property Control Division to demolish the Fort Bayard Medical Center owned by the state.
Subjects:     Appropriations; State Affairs and State Agencies; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/05/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        01/16/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/16/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/05/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
Bill:               HB141
Sponsors:    Wooley (R66)
Title:            FORT STANTON STATE MONUMENT CEMETERY
Summary:    (Endorsed by the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Appropriates $750,000 (GF nonreverting) to the Cultural Affairs Department to improve and maintain the cemetery at the Fort Stanton State Monument, contingent on the department receiving a grant of $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Cultural Affairs; Veterans and Military Affairs; State Affairs and State Agencies
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/17/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        01/17/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
Bill:               HB174
Sponsors:    Clahchischilliage (R4)
Title:            NATIVE AMERICAN SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM
Summary:    Appropriates $155,000 (GF) to the Veterans’ Services Department to train Native American veterans as counselors and administer a suicide prevention program involving youth and their families in Cibola, McKinley and San Juan counties.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Veterans and Military Affairs; State Affairs and State Agencies; Health and Medical Practice; Indians; Family and Juveniles
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/07/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        01/22/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/22/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/07/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
Bill:               HB175
Sponsors:    Steinborn (D35)
Title:            WAIVER OF UTILITY CONNECTION FEES FOR MILITARY
Summary:    HJC substitute for HB175 retains the intent of the original bill to provide for suspension and reconnection of public utilities and telecommunications services without charge for residents who are deployed or assigned to military duty.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Utilities; Municipalities/City Government; State Affairs and State Agencies
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/25/2013 – Senate Public Affairs Committee
History:        01/22/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Business & Industry.
                     01/22/2013—H Also referred to House Judiciary.
                     02/06/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Business & Industry.
                     02/21/2013—H Reported Do Not Pass but Do Pass as substituted by House Judiciary.
                     02/22/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/22/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/22/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/22/2013—H Passed 65‑0.
                     02/25/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     02/25/2013—S Also referred to Senate Corporations & Transportation.
Bill:               HB180
Sponsors:    Martinez, Rudolpho (D39)
Title:            EXPEDITED OCCUPATION LICENSING FOR MILITARY AND VETERANS
Summary:    Provides for expedited occupational and professional licensing of military service members, their spouses, and veterans who are licensed in another jurisdiction.
Subjects:     State Affairs and State Agencies; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Reported from Committees
Status:         02/28/2013 – House Calendar
History:        01/22/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Business & Industry.
                     01/22/2013—H Also referred to House Judiciary.
                     02/06/2013—H Reported Do Pass as amended by House Business & Industry.
                     02/28/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Judiciary.
Scheduled:  03/04/2013—House Calendar, 10:00 a.m., House Chambers
Bill:               HB186
Sponsors:    McMillan (R37)
Title:            DISABLED MILITARY MAY HUNT ORYX AT RESIDENT FEE
Summary:    Allows nonresident disabled military members and veterans enrolled in a qualified rehabilitation program involving hunting to purchase a license to hunt oryx at the resident oryx license fee.
Subjects:     Natural Resources (Parks and Wildlife); Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/25/2013 – Senate Conservation Committee
History:        01/22/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/22/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/12/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/21/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/22/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/22/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/22/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/22/2013—H Passed 63‑0.
                     02/25/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Conservation.
                     02/25/2013—S Also referred to Senate Public Affairs.
Scheduled:  03/07/2013—Senate Conservation Committee, 2:00 p.m. or 1/2 hour after Floor Session, Room 311
Bill:               HB207
Sponsors:    Jeff (D5)
Title:            NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS DIVISION CREATED
Summary:    Creates the Native American Veterans Division within the Veterans’ Services Department to carry out the following statutory duties:
Subjects:     Indians; Veterans and Military Affairs; State Affairs and State Agencies
Progress:     2nd House: Reported from Committees
Status:         02/28/2013 – Senate Rules Committee
History:        01/23/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/14/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/18/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/18/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/18/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/18/2013—H Passed 62‑0.
                     02/18/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Indian & Cultural Affairs.
                     02/18/2013—S Also referred to Senate Rules.
                     02/18/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
                     02/28/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Indian & Cultural Affairs.
Bill:               HB233
Sponsors:    Wooley (R66)
Title:            APPROPRIATION TO TREAT PTSD
Summary:    Appropriates $250,000 (GF) to the Department of Health for expenditure in FY 2014 to contract for services to treat veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Health and Medical Practice; Human Services; Veterans and Military Affairs
Related:       2013:HB36; 2013:HM27
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/12/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        01/24/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/24/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/12/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
Bill:               HB246
Sponsors:    Dodge (D63)
Title:            SERVICE MEMBER CHILD CUSTODY ACT
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee and the Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee) (Identical to 2011 HB108) Proposes a Service Member Child Custody Act that would modify existing procedures for custody, time‑sharing or visitation orders for children of service members and prohibit the entry of final modifications or orders while the service member is absent pursuant to military orders. Permits a service member to delegate visitation rights. Provides for an expedited hearing, including electronic testimony, when the service member will be unavailable pursuant to military orders.
Subjects:     Family and Juveniles; Courts and Civil Matters; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/14/2013 – Senate Public Affairs Committee
History:        01/25/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Judiciary.
                     02/11/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Judiciary.
                     02/13/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/13/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/13/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/13/2013—H Passed 67‑0.
                     02/14/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     02/14/2013—S Also referred to Senate Judiciary.
Bill:               HB247
Sponsors:    Dodge (D63)
Title:            HIGHER ED: MILITARY WAR VETERAN SCHOLARSHIPS
Summary:    (Almost identical to HB438 in 2011) Creates in the state treasury the nonreverting Military War Veteran Scholarship Fund to be administered by the Higher Education Department to reimburse state post‑secondary institutions for tuition payments, student fees and book allowances for military war veteran students including those perusing a master’s degree at a state institution.
Subjects:     Higher Education; Veterans and Military Affairs; Appropriations; State Affairs and State Agencies
Related:       2011:HB438
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/15/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        01/25/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Education.
                     01/25/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/15/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Education.
Bill:               HB272
Sponsors:    Archuleta (D36)
Title:            FREE ELK HUNTING FOR DISABLED VETERANS
Summary:    Requires the Department of Game and Fish to reserve at least five free elk licenses for veterans with service‑related disabilities of at least 50 percent.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Natural Resources (Parks and Wildlife)
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/22/2013 – Senate Conservation Committee
History:        01/25/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/19/2013—H Reported Do Pass as amended by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/21/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/21/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/21/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/21/2013—H Floor amendments adopted (Amendment 1) (Rep. Alonzo Baldonado).
                     02/21/2013—H Passed 65‑0.
                     02/22/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Conservation.
                     02/22/2013—S Also referred to Senate Judiciary.
Scheduled:  03/07/2013—Senate Conservation Committee, 2:00 p.m. or 1/2 hour after Floor Session, Room 311
Bill:               HB337
Sponsors:    Trujillo, J. (D45)
Title:            WORK NEW MEXICO ACT
Summary:    Cited as the Work New Mexico Act, the HTRC substitute to HB337 authorizes the issuance of about $122.5 million in Severance Tax Bonds and $51 million in Other State Funds for many shovel‑ready projects to perform construction and facility upgrades throughout the state:
Subjects:     Appropriations; Capital Outlay Requests
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         03/01/2013 – Senate Finance Committee
History:        01/30/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Taxation & Revenue.
                     02/26/2013—H Reported Do Not Pass but Do Pass as substituted by House Taxation & Revenue.
                     02/28/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/28/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/28/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/28/2013—H Passed 58‑10.
                     03/01/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Finance.
Bill:               HB353
Sponsors:    Trujillo, J. (D45)
Title:            REAUTHORIZING AND REAPPROPRIATING UNEXPENDED BALANCES
Summary:    (Identical to SB369) Revises capital outlay expenditures with respect to four projects funded by severance tax bonds.
Subjects:     Appropriations; State Affairs and State Agencies; Banks, Securities and Loans; Municipalities/City Government; County Affairs
Related:       2013:SB369
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/31/2013 – House Taxation and Revenue Committee
History:        01/31/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Taxation & Revenue.
Bill:               HB411
Sponsors:    Roybal‑Caballero (D13)
Title:            VETERANS’ SERVICES: INDIGENT VETERANS’ BURIAL FUND
Summary:    Creates the Indigent Veterans Burial Fund that is appropriated to the Veterans’ Services Department to reimburse counties for the net costs of burial or cremation, and the opening and closing of graves, of indigent veterans.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Human Services; Appropriations
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/25/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        02/04/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/04/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/25/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
Bill:               HB476
Sponsors:    Salazar, N. (D40)
Title:            APPROPRIATION FOR VETERANS HORSE RESCUE PROGRAM
Summary:    (Identical to SB389; related to SB274) Appropriates $75,000 (GF) to the Livestock Board for expenditure in FY14 to contract for services of a program that teaches incarcerated, honorably discharged veterans horsemanship skills and how to care for and rehabilitate unwanted horses.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Criminal Code; Agriculture and Ranching; Veterans and Military Affairs
Related:       2013:SB389; 2013:SB274
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/15/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        02/08/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Agriculture & Water Resources.
                     02/08/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/15/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Agriculture & Water Resources.
Bill:               HB488
Sponsors:    Roch (R67)
Title:            MOTOR VEHICLE SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES AND DECALS
Summary:    (Identical to SB496 2013) Provides new requirements for the Motor Vehicle Division of the Taxation and Revenue Division to follow in the design of new Standardized Special Registration Plates and new Special Registration Decals; establishes fees. Decals will be issued with the special plates and may be owned and re‑registered annually by an individual or by a public‑purpose‑interest group after compliance with the act and approval by MVD. The agency is required to adopt rules to implement provisions of the act which shall include what proof is required to demonstrate eligibility for a status decal.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Criminal Code; Indians; Public Safety and Corrections; State Affairs and State Agencies; Taxation and Fees; Transportation; Veterans and Military Affairs
Related:       2013:SB496
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/28/2013 – House Taxation and Revenue Committee
History:        02/11/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Transportation & Public Works.
                     02/11/2013—H Also referred to House Taxation & Revenue.
                     02/11/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/28/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Transportation & Public Works.
Scheduled:  03/04/2013—House Taxation and Revenue Committee, 1:30 p.m. or 15 minutes after Floor Session, Room 317
Bill:               HB495
Sponsors:    Dodge (D63)
Title:            SERVICES FOR HOMELESS VETS
Summary:    Appropriates $100,000 (GF) to the Veterans’ Services Department to contract for services for indigent homeless veterans in rural areas of the state.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Veterans and Military Affairs; State Affairs and State Agencies; Land, Housing and Real Estate
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/27/2013 – House Appropriations and Finance Committee
History:        02/11/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Consumer & Public Affairs.
                     02/11/2013—H Also referred to House Appropriations & Finance.
                     02/27/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Consumer & Public Affairs.
Bill:               HB511
Sponsors:    Sandoval (D17)
Title:            REQUIRED CRISIS TRAINING FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS, JAILERS AND FIREFIGHTERS
Summary:    Requires correctional officers, jailers and firefighters who are new hires to successfully complete a live, 40‑hour training course on crisis management and interactions with persons with mental impairments. Requires the completion of a minimum two‑hour in‑service training on these topics during each 24‑month period of employment for these categories of employees.
Subjects:     County Affairs; Municipalities/City Government; State Affairs and State Agencies; Public Safety and Corrections; Health and Medical Practice
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/11/2013 – House Health, Government and Indian Affairs Committee
History:        02/11/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/11/2013—H Also referred to House Judiciary.
Bill:               HJM3
Sponsors:    Hamilton (R38)
Title:            APPROVAL PROTOCOL FOR VETERANS' EDUCATION LEGISLATION
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Requests the congressional delegation to utilize the “New Mexico State Approving Agency” and the “National Association of State‑Approving Agencies” when Congress is considering legislation that could affect education benefits for New Mexico veterans.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Higher Education; State Affairs and State Agencies
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/29/2013 – Senate Rules Committee
History:        12/28/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
                     01/16/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/24/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/28/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     01/28/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     01/28/2013—H Passed 65‑0.
                     01/29/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Rules.
                     01/29/2013—S Also referred to Senate Education.
Bill:               HJM4
Sponsors:    Martinez, Rudolpho (D39)
Title:            VIETNAM VETERANS DAY
Summary:    (For the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee) Expresses gratitude for the service and sacrifices of Vietnam War veterans and requests that the Governor declare March 29, 2013 as Vietnam Veterans Day in New Mexico.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     2nd House: Passed
Status:         02/05/2013 – Signed by Officers of House
History:        12/28/2012—H Prefiled in the House.
                     01/16/2013—H Introduced.
                     01/16/2013—H Not referred to committee, placed on Speaker's table.
                     01/25/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     01/25/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     01/25/2013—H Passed 70‑0.
                     01/28/2013—S Received in the Senate and placed on President's Table.
                     02/04/2013—S Removed from President's table.
                     02/04/2013—S Placed on Senate Calendar.
                     02/04/2013—S Opened for floor debate.
                     02/04/2013—S Passed 39‑0.
                     02/05/2013—H Enrolled and engrossed.
                     02/05/2013—H Signed by Officers of House.
Bill:               HJM6
Sponsors:    McCamley (D33)
Title:            ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR NEW MEXICO’S VETERANS
Summary:    Requests the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide additional funding and personnel to the department’s Albuquerque Regional Office to expedite processing of veterans’ requests and appeals; and requests the New Mexico Congressional Delegation to address various issues affecting the state’s veterans.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/29/2013 – Senate Rules Committee
History:        01/16/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/24/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     01/28/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     01/28/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     01/28/2013—H Passed 70‑0.
                     01/29/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Rules.
                     01/29/2013—S Also referred to Senate Public Affairs.
Bill:               HJM36
Sponsors:    Miera (D11)
Title:            EXPANDING THE LONG‑TERM CARE OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM
Summary:    Requests the Aging and Long‑Term Services Department’s Long‑term Care Ombudsman Program to convene a work group to study the feasibility of expanding the program to independently advocate for people receiving services in the home.
Subjects:     State Affairs and State Agencies; Aging; Health and Medical Practice; Insurance; Interim Studies and Interim Committees; Human Services; Veterans and Military Affairs; Indians
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/25/2013 – Senate Rules Committee
History:        02/12/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/21/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/22/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/22/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/22/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/22/2013—H Passed 64‑0.
                     02/25/2013—S Received in the Senate and referred to Senate Rules.
                     02/25/2013—S Also referred to Senate Public Affairs.
Bill:               HJM43
Sponsors:    Roybal‑Caballero (D13)
Title:            AWARD DR. VICTOR WESTPHALL THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
Summary:    Urges the U.S. Congress to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Victor Westphall for his assistance to returning Vietnam vets.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/18/2013 – House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee
History:        02/18/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Consumer & Public Affairs.
Bill:               HM27
Sponsors:    Hamilton (R38)
Title:            STUDY NAPRAPATHIC MEDICINE FOR VETS WITH PTSD
Summary:    (Related: HB36 and HB233) Requests the Veterans’ Services Department to study the efficacy of naprapathic medicine in treating vets suffering from pain due to service‑connected injuries and the effects of PTSD. (Naprapathy is a manipulative therapy focusing on the evaluation and treatment of neuro‑musculoskeletal conditions.) The study should be conducted in cooperation with the Department of Health and local naprapathic practitioners.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Health and Medical Practice; State Affairs and State Agencies; Interim Studies and Interim Committees
Related:       2013:HB36; 2013:HB233
Progress:     1st House: Passed
Status:         02/19/2013 – Signed by Officers of House
History:        02/04/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/14/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
                     02/18/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/18/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/18/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/18/2013—H Passed 70‑0.
                     02/19/2013—H Enrolled and engrossed.
                     02/19/2013—H Enrolled and engrossed.
                     02/19/2013—H Signed by Officers of House.
Bill:               HM28
Sponsors:    Cote (D53)
Title:            EXPAND SERVICES FOR VETERANS
Summary:    Requests the Veterans’ Services Department to compile an accounting of the state’s veterans, including the number that are homeless, incarcerated, unemployed, retired, institutionalized or suffering from PTSD, in order to discover new services that should be implemented.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Health and Medical Practice; Human Services
Progress:     1st House: Passed
Status:         02/18/2013 – Signed by Officers of House
History:        02/05/2013—H Introduced and referred to House Consumer & Public Affairs.
                     02/13/2013—H Reported Do Pass by House Consumer & Public Affairs.
                     02/15/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/15/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/15/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/15/2013—H Passed 60‑0.
                     02/18/2013—H Enrolled and engrossed.
                     02/18/2013—H Signed by Officers of House.
Bill:               HM63
Sponsors:    Tripp (R49)
Title:            CIVIL AIR PATROL DAY
Summary:    Proclaims February 21, 2013 “Civil Air Patrol Day” in the House, in recognition of the nearly 1,000 members in units throughout New Mexico who serve the state and local communities with valuable volunteer services.
Subjects:     Legislature; Public Safety and Corrections; Veterans and Military Affairs; Health and Medical Practice
Progress:     1st House: Passed
Status:         02/22/2013 – Signed by Officers of House
History:        02/18/2013—H Introduced and placed on Speaker's Table.
                     02/21/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/21/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/21/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/21/2013—H Passed 70‑0.
                     02/22/2013—H Enrolled and engrossed.
                     02/22/2013—H Signed by Officers of House.
Bill:               HM69
Sponsors:    Powdrell‑Culbert (R44)
Title:            WOMEN VETERANS OF NEW MEXICO DAY
Summary:    Declares February 21, 2013 “Women Veterans of New Mexico Day” in the House, to honor women veterans for their commitment, dedication and brave service to the country.
Subjects:     Legislature; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Passed
Status:         02/22/2013 – Signed by Officers of House
History:        02/21/2013—H Introduced and placed on Speaker's Table.
                     02/21/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     02/21/2013—H Placed on House Calendar.
                     02/21/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     02/21/2013—H Passed 70‑0.
                     02/22/2013—H Enrolled and engrossed.
                     02/22/2013—H Signed by Officers of House.
Bill:               HM72
Sponsors:    Martinez, W. (D69)
Title:            ZIA CHAPTER OF PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA MONTH
Summary:    Declares April 2013 as “Zia Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America Month,” in recognition of the Zia Chapter’s commitment and dedication to improving the lives of veterans in New Mexico.
Subjects:     Health and Medical Practice; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Reported from Committees
Status:         02/25/2013 – Speaker's Table
History:        02/25/2013—H Not referred to committee, placed on Speaker's table.
Scheduled:  03/04/2013—House Calendar, 10:00 a.m., House Chambers
Bill:               SB96
Sponsors:    Sharer (R1)
Title:            INCOME TAX EXEMPTION FOR MILITARY RETIREMENT PAY
Summary:    (Similar to 2012 SCORC substitute for SB129) Creates an exemption from the Income Tax Act for uniformed service retirees and their surviving spouses. The exemption is equal to a percentage of the retiree’s retirement or retainer pay.
Subjects:     Taxation and Fees; Veterans and Military Affairs
Related:       2012:SB129
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/25/2013 – Senate Finance Committee
History:        01/16/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Corporations & Transportation.
                     01/16/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
                     02/25/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Corporations & Transportation.
Bill:               SB112
Sponsors:    Ortiz y Pino (D12); O'Neill (D13)
Title:            GUARDIAN AND CONSERVATOR POWERS AFTER DEATH OF PROTECTED PERSON
Summary:    (Similar to 2011 HB271) Upon the death of a protected person, the person’s guardian or conservator must submit notice of the death to the appointing court and any relatives of the protected person. For one year following the death of a protected person, the guardian or conservator must continue to exercise powers including arranging and paying for a funeral, receiving medical or financial records, requesting an autopsy, filing financial documents, and terminating the guardianship or conservatorship relationship in the appointing court.
Subjects:     Courts and Civil Matters; Human Services; Family and Juveniles
Related:       2011:HB271
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/08/2013 – Senate Judiciary Committee
History:        01/16/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     01/16/2013—S Also referred to Senate Judiciary.
                     02/08/2013—S Reported Do Not Pass but Do Pass as substituted by Senate Public Affairs.
Bill:               SB162
Sponsors:    Pinto (D3)
Title:            NATIVE AMERICAN SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM
Summary:    Appropriates $155,000 (GF) to the Veterans’ Services Department to train Native American veterans as counselors and administer a suicide prevention program involving youth and their families in Cibola, McKinley and San Juan counties.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Veterans and Military Affairs; Indians; Family and Juveniles; State Affairs and State Agencies; Health and Medical Practice
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/29/2013 – Senate Finance Committee
History:        01/21/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Indian & Cultural Affairs.
                     01/21/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
                     01/29/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Indian & Cultural Affairs.
Bill:               SB195
Sponsors:    Payne (R20)
Title:            BATAAN‑CORREGIDOR HERITAGE MONTH
Summary:    Designates the month of April “Bataan‑Corregidor Heritage Month.”
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     2nd House: Passed
Status:         01/31/2013 – Signed by Officers of House
History:        01/22/2013—S Introduced.
                     01/22/2013—S Not referred to committee, placed on President's table.
                     01/23/2013—S Removed from President's table.
                     01/23/2013—S Placed on Senate Calendar.
                     01/23/2013—S Opened for floor debate.
                     01/23/2013—S Passed 38‑0.
                     01/23/2013—H Not referred to committee, placed on Speaker's table.
                     01/30/2013—H Removed from Speaker's table.
                     01/30/2013—H Opened for floor debate.
                     01/30/2013—H Passed 70‑0.
                     01/31/2013—S Enrolled and engrossed.
                     01/31/2013—S Signed by Officers of Senate.
                     01/31/2013—H Signed by Officers of House.
Bill:               SB258
Sponsors:    Burt (R33)
Title:            EXPEDITED LICENSING APPLICATIONS FOR MILITARY, RECENT VETERANS AND SPOUSES
Summary:    Requires all state agencies, boards or commissions that issue occupational or professional licenses pursuant to the Uniform Licensing Act to expedite applications filed by a military service member or spouse, or a recent veteran. Applies only to applications filed on or after July 1, 2013. A license must be issued to such an applicant who submits satisfactory evidence of a current license in another jurisdiction, including a branch of the armed forces. However, licensing requirements in the other jurisdiction must be substantially the same as those in New Mexico.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; State Affairs and State Agencies
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/21/2013 – House Business and Industry Committee
History:        01/24/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     01/24/2013—S Also referred to Senate Judiciary.
                     02/08/2013—S Reported Do Pass as amended by Senate Public Affairs.
                     02/19/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Judiciary.
                     02/21/2013—S Opened for floor debate.
                     02/21/2013—S Passed 41‑0.
                     02/21/2013—H Received in the House and referred to House Business & Industry.
                     02/21/2013—H Also referred to House Judiciary.
Bill:               SB322
Sponsors:    Campos, P. (D8)
Title:            VETERANS TRANSPORTATION TO V.A. MEDICAL CENTER
Summary:    Appropriates $75,000 (GF) to the Department of Health for FY2014 expenses for the transportation of veterans residing in San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties from a central location in Las Vegas to the V.A. Medical Center in Albuquerque.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Veterans and Military Affairs; Health and Medical Practice; County Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/06/2013 – Senate Finance Committee
History:        01/29/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     01/29/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
                     02/06/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Public Affairs.
Bill:               SB369
Sponsors:    Cisneros (D6)
Title:            REAUTHORIZING AND REAPPROPRIATING UNEXPENDED BALANCES
Summary:    (Identical to HB353) Revises capital outlay expenditures with respect to four projects funded by severance tax bonds.
Subjects:     Appropriations; State Affairs and State Agencies; Banks, Securities and Loans; Municipalities/City Government; County Affairs
Related:       2013:HB353
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/31/2013 – Senate Finance Committee
History:        01/31/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Finance.
Bill:               SB389
Sponsors:    Campos, P. (D8)
Title:            APPROPRIATION FOR VETERANS HORSE RESCUE PROGRAM
Summary:    Appropriates $75,000 (GF) to the Livestock Board for expenditure in FY14 to contact for services of a program that teaches incarcerated, honorably discharged veterans horsemanship skills and how to care for and rehabilitate unwanted horses.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Criminal Code; Agriculture and Ranching; Veterans and Military Affairs
Related:       2013:SB274; 2013:HB476
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/13/2013 – Senate Finance Committee
History:        02/01/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Conservation.
                     02/01/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
                     02/13/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Conservation.
Bill:               SB399
Sponsors:    Rodriguez (D24)
Title:            RESIDENT BUSINESS PROCUREMENT PREFERENCE
Summary:    (Related to 2012 SB132, 2011 HB309 and 2011 HB149) Creates a procurement preference category for resident businesses and a procedure for certification as a resident business or contractor.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Business, Manufacturing and Economic Development; County Affairs; Municipalities/City Government; State Affairs and State Agencies
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/01/2013 – Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee
History:        02/01/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Corporations & Transportation.
                     02/01/2013—S Also referred to Senate Public Affairs.
Bill:               SB496
Sponsors:    Sharer (R1)
Title:            MOTOR VEHICLE SPECIAL REGISTRATION PLATES AND DECALS
Summary:    (Identical to HB488 2013) Provides new requirements for the Motor Vehicle Division of the Taxation and Revenue Division to follow in the design of new Standardized Special Registration Plates and new Special Registration Decals; establishes fees. Decals will be issued with the special plates and may be owned and re‑registered annually by an individual or by a public‑purpose‑interest group after compliance with the act and approval by MVD. The agency is required to adopt rules to implement provisions of the act which shall include what proof is required to demonstrate eligibility for a status decal.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Criminal Code; Indians; Public Safety and Corrections; State Affairs and State Agencies; Taxation and Fees; Transportation; Veterans and Military Affairs
Related:       2013:HB488
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/11/2013 – Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee
History:        02/11/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Corporations & Transportation.
                     02/11/2013—S Also referred to Senate Judiciary.
                     02/11/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
Bill:               SB517
Sponsors:    Griego (D39)
Title:            APPLIES DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION TO CERTAIN DISTRICT TAXES
Summary:    Applies a disabled veteran exemption applied for and granted under the property Tax Code to levies authorized under the Soil and Water Conservation Act.
Subjects:     Water; Land, Housing and Real Estate; Veterans and Military Affairs; Taxation and Fees
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/12/2013 – Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee
History:        02/12/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Corporations & Transportation.
                     02/12/2013—S Also referred to Senate Conservation.
                     02/12/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
Bill:               SB558
Sponsors:    Ortiz y Pino (D12)
Title:            PEER SUPPORT WORKERS ACT
Summary:    Cited as the “Peer Support Workers Act” in Chapter 61 (Professional and Occupational Licenses), the bill establishes a two‑tier system of behavioral health peer support workers and applicable certification standards for both tiers. Provides for training and classification of peer support workers. Establishes the Peer Support Workers Board of Directors to oversee and regulate the program through rule making and disciplinary powers. Contains definitions.
Subjects:     Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco Products; Health and Medical Practice; Human Services; Family and Juveniles; State Affairs and State Agencies; Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/14/2013 – Senate Public Affairs Committee
History:        02/14/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     02/14/2013—S Also referred to Senate Judiciary.
Bill:               SB565
Sponsors:    Burt (R33)
Title:            MILITARY BASES VALUE CASE STATEMENT
Summary:    Appropriates $50,000 (GF) to the Economic Development Department’s Office of Military Base Planning and Support to study, develop, design and produce a New Mexico military bases value case statement and reference material in anticipation of the federal base realignment and closure process.
Subjects:     Appropriations; Veterans and Military Affairs; State Affairs and State Agencies; Business, Manufacturing and Economic Development
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/27/2013 – Senate Finance Committee
History:        02/14/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     02/14/2013—S Also referred to Senate Finance.
                     02/27/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Public Affairs.
Bill:               SB574
Sponsors:    Soules (D37)
Title:            SUSPENSION OF UTILITY AND COMMUNICATIONS FEES FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL
Summary:    SPAC substitute for SB574 (identical to HB175 substitute) retains the intent of the original bill to provide for suspension and reconnection of public utilities and telecommunications services without charge for residents who are deployed or assigned to military duty.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Family and Juveniles; Utilities
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/27/2013 – Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee
History:        02/14/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Public Affairs.
                     02/14/2013—S Also referred to Senate Corporations & Transportation.
                     02/27/2013—S Reported Do Not Pass but Do Pass as substituted by Senate Public Affairs.
Bill:               SJM41
Sponsors:    Pinto (D3)
Title:            NAVAJO CODE TALKERS: LEGACY PRESERVATION
Summary:    Requests the U.S. Congress and the departments of Interior, Veterans Affairs, Health and Human Services, Defense, Agriculture, State and Energy to support the preservation of the remarkable legacy of the Navajo Code Talkers.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs; Indians
Progress:     2nd House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/26/2013 – House Health, Government and Indian Affairs Committee
History:        02/11/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Rules.
                     02/11/2013—S Also referred to Senate Indian & Cultural Affairs.
                     02/18/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Rules.
                     02/21/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Indian & Cultural Affairs.
                     02/26/2013—S Removed from President's table.
                     02/26/2013—S Placed on Senate Calendar.
                     02/26/2013—S Passed 41‑0.
                     02/26/2013—H Received in the House and referred to Health, Government & Indian Affairs.
Bill:               SJM47
Sponsors:    Burt (R33)
Title:            EDUCATION BENEFITS FOR NEW MEXICO VETERANS
Summary:    Requests the New Mexico congressional delegation to utilize the NM State Approving Agency and the National Association of State Approving Agencies when considering legislation that could impact education benefits for New Mexico veterans.
Subjects:     Veterans and Military Affairs
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         03/01/2013 – Senate Education Committee
History:        02/14/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Rules.
                     02/14/2013—S Also referred to Senate Education.
                     03/01/2013—S Reported Do Pass by Senate Rules.
Bill:               SM2
Sponsors:    Martinez, Richard (D5)
Title:            VOLUNTEER CIVILIAN MOTORCYCLE TRAFFIC ESCORTS
Summary:    Requests the Department of Public Safety and Department of Transportation to convene a task force to study implementation of a program to train volunteer civilian motorcycle traffic escorts, to include a review and analysis of current legislation pertaining to authorized emergency vehicles, licensing requirements, and funeral and military procession escort rights of way.
Subjects:     Transportation; Public Safety and Corrections; Veterans and Military Affairs; Interim Studies and Interim Committees
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         01/16/2013 – Senate Rules Committee
History:        01/16/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Rules.
                     01/16/2013—S Also referred to Senate Public Affairs.
Scheduled:  03/04/2013—Senate Rules Committee, 8:30 a.m., Room 321
Bill:               SM33
Sponsors:    Candelaria (D26)
Title:            REQUEST TO MAXIMIZE FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Summary:    Requests the Interagency Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative to research and apply for any and all federal grants for mental health, behavioral health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services infrastructure and systems.
Subjects:     Health and Medical Practice
Progress:     1st House: Referred to Committee
Status:         02/06/2013 – Senate Rules Committee
History:        02/06/2013—S Introduced and referred to Senate Rules.
                     02/06/2013—S Also referred to Senate Public Affairs.
Scheduled:  03/04/2013—Senate Rules Committee, 8:30 a.m., Room 321

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