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 –Yesterday, Governor Martinez line-item vetoed numerous measures to invest in Native communities and infrastructure in tribes and pueblos across New Mexico, from the annual budget. These investments, included in House Bill 2, would have expanded broadband access, helped close the achievement gap, improved emergency communications, diversified local economies, and invested in water projects.
Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) to support behavioral health was vetoed by Governor Susana Martinez. House Bill 160 would have provided 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 – Last night, a bill to ensure more efficiency in school budgets was signed by Governor Susana Martinez. House Bill 188, sponsored by Representative George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa), amends the Public School Finance Act to allocate funds more equitably among schools.
Santa Fe – Today, Representative Doreen Gallegos' (D-Las Cruces) bill to boost small business in New Mexico was signed into law by Governor Susana Martinez. House Bill 79 will promote small, local businesses by making purchases at small businesses tax-free on Small Business Saturday.
Santa Fe, N.M. – Following the legislative session, Representative Javier Martínez received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government, one of the highest honors given to those living outside Mexico. The Ohtli Award is bestowed upon leaders that have made significant contributions to the Mexican community in the United States and will be conferred at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) conference.
Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, a bill to ensure New Mexican communities have safe drinking water by making it a crime to lie to inspectors from the New Mexico Environment Department was signed by the Governor. House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), imposes criminal penalties for owners and operators of public water systems who lie to inspectors from the Department of the Environment.
"We have seen drinking water crises around the country, and even in areas of our own state. I am pleased that the Governor signed my legislation safeguarding clean drinking water for our families and communities so they can continue to thrive. People who are responsible for ensuring our water is safe now cannot lie and get away with it – and that will benefit the entire state for years to come,"said Rep. Nathan Small.
Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand internet access in schools and libraries across the state was signed into law by the Governor. HB 207, introduced by Representative Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), would appropriate money from the general fund for broadband infrastructure in public school, tribal, and community libraries.
"Too many communities, particularly those in rural areas, understand the difficulty of accessing the internet from home. This bipartisan legislation invests in broadband infrastructure so that all New Mexicans can have access to the internet in their schools and libraries, which is critical for New Mexicans to be able to succeed," said Rep. Candie Sweetser. "I am glad Governor Martinez shares this same vision for our state's libraries and signed this legislation."
SANTA FE—Rep. David Adkins (R-Albuquerque) celebrated Senate passage this morning of House Bill 79, a bipartisan effort to create a statewide tax holiday for Small Business Saturday. The measure now heads to Governor Susana Martinez for action.Rep. Adkins issued the following statement after the Senate’s vote:
“This is a great day for New Mexico’s small retail businesses! Creating a statewide tax holiday for Small Business Saturday was the first bill I filed when I began my legislative career in 2015. As a small business owner myself, I understand the challenges locally-owned businesses face competing against the corporate Goliaths. I hope this bill encourages more New Mexicans to support their local retailers, and I urge Governor Martinez to sign this bill.”