This category will fill with information on the 30-day legislative session that begins on Jan. 18, 2022.

Private Public Partnership Act Passes Floor

Bill would help improve broadband and transportation infrastructure

Santa Fe, NM- HB 55, the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Act, which would permit public and private institutions to partner to improve broadband and transportation infrastructure in New Mexico, passed the House today by a vote of  63 to 2.

A key provision of President Biden's Infrastructure Act, public agencies and private investors in P3s share responsibility for financing, building, and maintaining infrastructure projects. P3s have been used to build infrastructure across America including highways, water treatment systems, courthouses, and arenas, creating and securing local jobs along the way. In New Mexico these partnerships will expand rural access to broadband, and make crucial infrastructure upgrades, including repairs to our bridges and highways. 

“We have a tremendous opportunity to make infrastructure improvements all across New Mexico,” said Representative Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque).

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Senate Republican Whip, Senator Craig Brandt, Applauds Senate Passage of “Glory’s Law”

Legislation prohibits discrimination against transplant recipients based on physical or mental disability

SANTA FE – Today, Senate Bill 158 passed the Senate with a unanimous 35-0 vote. The bill, affectionately known as “Glory's Law,” would prohibit discrimination against transplant recipients based solely on their physical or mental disability. Senate Republican Whip, Senator Craig Brandt (District 40-Sandoval), the bill’s sponsor, named the bill after Glory Sellers, a young child in Rio Rancho who has down syndrome and a heart defect. 

Senator Brandt issued the following statement today applauding the Senate’s action:

“Today New Mexico took a bold stand for the humanity of every person living with a disability. Every life has inherit value given by the Creator. With the passage of this bill, those with disabilities and their families can breathe a sigh of relief knowing if the time comes, they will have the same access to vital organ transplants as every other person. I hope this bill will quickly move through the House and get to the Governor’s desk for signature. ”

Senate Bill 158 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration. 

Governor applauds unanimous Senate passage of priority legislation expanding Buy New Mexico initiative

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday issued the following statement after the state Senate unanimously voted to approve Senate Bill 39, expanding the Buy New Mexico initiative:

“This is common-sense legislation that keeps more state dollars right here in New Mexico, lifting up local businesses and growing our state economy. Smart policies like these are what make our state a great place to be in business, and I thank the Senate for joining me in supporting New Mexico-grown, Native-owned, and veteran-owned businesses.”

Sponsored by Senator Benny Shendo and Representative Harry Garcia, SB 39 reforms the state procurement code by:

  • Increasing the bidding preference of New Mexico businesses seeking state and local government contracts from 5% to 8%.

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Roundup at the Roundhouse 020822

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
WHAT'S HAPPENING

VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION APPROVED BY SENATE COMMITTEE

It appears the Senate Judiciary Committee will be taking up SB 8, the Democrat-backed voting rights bill. Yesterday the Senate Rules Committee cleared the legislation along a party-line vote 7-4. Republicans opposed the bill. Democrats tout the legislation as a way to expand access to voters, but it weakens election security and raises serious questions about ballot integrity. One Republican lawmaker questioned whether the bill conflicts with the New Mexico Constitution. The legislation includes allowing mail-in ballots without a request and allowing felons to vote. The bill opens the door to a host of problems: it requires unsolicited backend registration, distributes personal information to third parties without their permission, allows felons still on probation or parole to vote, requires drop boxes that can lead to ballot harvesting, calls for mail ballots without an application request and compromises online voter registration. There are too many ways election integrity would be tarnished.

"The governor — in a year when she is down in the polls and set to appear on the ballot — has endorsed legislation that would change the electorate composition just months before the election," said Senate Republican Leader Greg Baca "With no regard for what the voting public is actually concerned about, the governor is ready to make our elections easier to cheat in and harder to trust the process."

PRETRIAL DETENTION LEGISLATION BLOCKED BY COMMITTEE

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Bill to Stop Predatory Lending Passes the House Floor 

Bill that would lower cap on interest rates on installment loans passes with bipartisan support

Santa Fe, NM- A law to protect the financial security of low-income New Mexicans by preventing predatory lending practices passed the House floor with a bipartisan vote of 51-18.

HB 132 reduces the maximum annual interest rate for loans made under the New Mexico Bank Installment Loan Act and New Mexico Small Loan Act from 175 percent to 36 percent. The legislation would also limit maximum loan terms for loans of $10 thousand or less to a period of 24 months.

“HB 132 would protect hardworking New Mexican families from abusive loan rates that trap them in a cycle of debt,” said Representative Susan Herrera (D-Embudo). “This is an important step to improve financial stability for our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet.”

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Senator David Gallegos Urges Secretary of Education to End Mask Mandate in Schools

New Mexico’s holdout as one of the last states with a child mask mandate demonstrates PED is fighting against scientific consensus

SANTA FE – Following announcements this week that New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Oregon will remove masking requirements for school children, Senator David Gallegos (District 41-Lea and Eddy) today submitted a letter to Secretary of Education, Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, urging the Governor’s Administration to follow suit.

Senator Gallegos released the following statement regarding his letter to the Secretary:

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Senate Republican Whip, Senator Craig Brandt, Blasts Passage of Senate Bill 43

Legislation would allow some offenders guilty of murder to be released in 15 years

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate today passed Senate Bill 43 on a 23-15 vote. If enacted, the legislation would prohibit serious youthful offenders convicted of murder from being sentenced to life without parole.

After visiting with multiple victims of violent crimes and their families, Senate Republican Whip, Senator Craig Brandt (District 40-Sandoval), opposed the legislation and released the following statement:

"The Democrat's 'tough on crime' legislative session has turned into a 'soft on criminals' fiasco. It's very revealing that the first piece of crime legislation to clear the Senate is a bill that would reduce the sentence for those convicted of heinous murders—allowing some capital felons to be released in as few as 15 years. This bill is a slap in the face to the victims and families who will be severely impacted by this misguided policy. The Governor said she wanted to get 'tough on crime' after 117 murders in Albuquerque. I guess it will take more than that for some of my colleagues to do the same. I urge the House to reject this bill and the Governor to veto it if it makes it to her desk."

Legislators oppose the aerial shooting of cattle in the Gila National Forest which likely began today 030822

Attached please find a bi-partisan letter signed by New Mexico State Legislators, in reference to the U.S. Forest Service Southwest Region plans to commence an aerial shooting of cattle in the Gila National Forest beginning today, Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

The PDF is below, but here is a link to the comments by the New Mexico Cattle Growers, which states that it is the Fish and Wildlife Services doing the operation: https://www.nmagriculture.org/news.html

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