Scam Update!!!

 Scam update: Spreading its tentacles from sea to shining sea

Scam update: Spreading its tentacles from sea to shining sea

Repeating the warning: If you get a call from someone saying he is with law enforcement, that you are out of compliance, or overdue, or anything to do with your registration status and that he can help you take care of it, it is a scam. Hang up and call your registry office or local law enforcement. This has been going on for well over a year. We have just today gotten word that it is operating in Pennsylvania. This is a list of states from where we have had reports. Contact NARSOL if you learn of it being in a state not listed here.

CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, IDAHO, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW MEXICO, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, TEXAS, VIRGINIA

Here are a few media stories about it from various states:

https://wwjnewsradio.radio.com/articles/police-scam-targets-registered-sex-offenders

https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/PoliceNews/iWatch/newtelephonescamtargetssexoffenderregistrants

https://www.kdrv.com/content/news/Sheriff-Recent-Phone-Scam-is-Targeting-Sex-Offenders-484228231.html

https://www.kpvi.com/news/local_news/scams-targeting-registered-sex-offenders/article_9f45c3b2-1104-11e8-9fae-9bce2c028996.html

https://www.centexproud.com/news/local/brazos-county-phone-scam-targets-registered-sex-offenders/1746536814

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2019 Legislative Update #5

Legislative Update #5, February 17, 2019

We have just passed the midpoint of the 2019 session which means that the period for introduction of legislation has closed. We did see the flurry of legislation we had anticipated and there are now 658 bills pending in the House and 636 pending in the Senate. This compares to 531 and 509 respectively just one week ago. This total does not include 76 blank bills that are introduced as placeholders to be used later if necessary.

Although there was no comprehensive SORNA bill introduced, there is now a bill that amends New Mexico’s SORNA which we will provide more details later in this update. As we have stated several times, LJC is well prepared to oppose any SORNA enhancements and that is precisely what we intend to do.

We have expressed optimism that there will be bipartisan cooperation on criminal justice reform this session. Now that we have passed the halfway point, we are becoming concerned that HB 342 (the omnibus criminal justice reform) bill may be stalled. This legislation is sponsored by leading Democrats and has some Republican support as well. Unfortunately, it has not been heard yet by the House Judiciary Committee. Our sources have told us that it is scheduled to be heard this coming Wednesday in the House Judiciary Committee. We recently announced that LJC supports the legislation and we are working to move it through the process.

Bills LJC Opposes:

 HB 307 This legislation would significantly increase penalties for sexually related offenses as well as the registration periods for corresponding crimes. This bill was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 5th in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (CPAC). The bill was removed from CPAC’s calendar and a referral to the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) was added. This means if the bill should the bill pass CPAC and the House Judiciary Committee (HJC), it will have to be approved by HAFC before it can go to the House floor. This additional referral will make it difficult for the legislation to pass which is good news.

HB 104 This bill extends the statute of limitations on certain offenses. Unfortunately, it received a “do pass” recommendation from the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and is now before the House Judiciary Committee scheduled to be heard on February 18th. If HB 104 does receive a “do pass” from HJC, it must also be heard by HAFC which will make it very difficult to pass the House.

HB 190 This legislation proposes permanent no contact orders to restrain convicted sex offenders. This bill was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 5th in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (CPAC). HB 190 was removed from the calendar and has not been rescheduled.

SB 55 sponsored by Senator Jeff Steinborn (D) from Dona Ana County. This bill would increase the statute of limitations for many crimes. Abolition of the statute of limitations is a top priority of victim advocacy organizations and prosecutors. Even though SB 55 received a unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Public Affairs Committee, we expressed hope that we could reduce the reach of the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC). That in fact did occur when the bill was heard on Monday February 11th. The SJC substituted the bill and put forward a bill that increases the statute of limitations to 35 for allegations alleged by minors. Due to the enormous financial ramifications of this legislation, it has now been referred to the Senate Finance Committee. No hearing has been scheduled yet.

 Additional Details:

HB 103: THREE STRIKES EQUALS LIFE SENTENCE

This ridiculous legislation sponsored by Representative Bill Rhem and is nearly identical to legislation that he has previously sponsored which has not passed. It provides for additional violent felonies in the Criminal Sentencing Act for the purpose of mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for three violent felony convictions. An exception provides for parole eligibility for certain inmates age 60 years older. We believe we can defeat this misguided policy and prevent this from getting out of the House.

 

HB 190: PERMANENT NO CONTACT ORDERS TO RESTRAIN CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS

This bill is sponsored by Kelly Fajardo from Valencia County and is similar to legislation she has carried in previous sessions. The bill requires the sentencing court to determine if a permanent no‑contact order should be issued to protect the victim. Also provides for a hearing, written findings of fact and statement of grounds to be incorporated into the sentencing judgment, a violator’s arrest, misdemeanor conviction and punishment, conditions for rescission, and entry of the order in the NCIC protection order file. As we reported above, this bill will be difficult to pass with the third committee referral.

 HB 307: CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A MINOR PENALTY

This bill is sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia County. It proposes to increase the penalties for criminal sexual penetration perpetrated against a child; increase the penalties for criminal sexual contact of a minor; and amend sections of the sex offender registration and notification act. The SORNA amendments are generally cleanup language but there is a provision that would increase the notification requirement imposed on county sheriffs. Currently sheriffs are required to notify schools and other child-care providers within a one-mile radius. This bill would increase that requirement to a five-mile radius of the registrant’s address. LJC opposes the legislation.

HB 342: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

This bipartisan legislation is sponsored by Senators Sander Rue, Richard Martinez, Representatives Antonio Maestas and Gail Chasey. As we stated earlier, we are becoming concerned that this bill may have stalled. The intent for the legislation is to reform of the criminal justice system by providing for assistance to offenders with behavioral health diagnoses; revising procedures related to a person incarcerated in a county jail; revising protections for persons involved with an alcohol-or drug-related overdose; providing procedures for post-conviction petitions; revising requirements for pre-prosecution diversion programs; revising procedures related to probation and parole; revising requirements for presentence reports; revising requirements for crime victims' reparations; enacting the accurate eyewitness identification act; revising duties of the New Mexico sentencing commission; requiring eyewitness identification policies and training.

HB 370 LIMITED EXPUNGEMENT OF ARREST/CRIMINAL RECORDS

This bill was heard on Tuesday February 12th in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee (CPAC). The five-member committee voted to recommend that the bill pass, and it is now awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. The vote was 3-1 with one member absent. Enactment of this legislation is long overdue because arrest records and criminal convictions are a significant barrier to employment and living a productive life. Although we expect considerable opposition from the business community, the Albuquerque Journal, and some conservative legislators, LJC will work very hard with the sponsors to get this legislation to the governor’s desk.

HB 564 PROBATION GOOD TIME

This bipartisan legislation is sponsored by Representatives Antonio Maestas, Gail Chasey, and Senator Sander Rue. The bill provides clarification and guidance for probation and parole; allowing for a person on probation to have the time required for probation to be decreased for good behavior. The proposal would provide good time to be credited to the person’s term of supervision with the goal moving the offender from supervised to unsupervised status.

SB 96: BAN THE BOX

This bill is sponsored by Senator Bill O’Neill (D) from Bernalillo County. This legislation states that “the employer shall not make an inquiry regarding an applicant's conviction on the employment application but may take into consideration an applicant's conviction after review of the applicant's application and upon discussion of employment with the applicant. This bill has received a “do pass” from the Senate Public Affairs (SPAC) and the Senate Judiciary Committee and is now awaiting a vote by the full Senate. LJC strongly supports this legislation as it represents a first step in eradicating employment barriers.

 

SB 323 DECREASING PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

This bill is sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes (D) from Dona Ana County. It would dramatically reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia. LJC supports this legislation because harsh penalties for simple possession are detrimental to society. This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Public Affairs Committee on February 19th.

SB 521 INTERNET BLOCKING AND NEW REGISTRATION FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING

This legislation was just introduced and is sponsored by Senators Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros. If enacted, it would require certain felons (sex offenders) to install blocking software while under supervision; require the those convicted of human trafficking to register under New Mexico’s sex offender registration and notification act; impose a $200.00 fee for those convicted of human trafficking; and create the human trafficking and child exploitation prevention fund. LJC opposes this legislation and will work to defeat it.

The full text of all bills is available on the New Mexico Legislative website (bill tracker). Go to www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Number.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This is our final reminder that LJC plans to have a booth in the capitol on February 21st and again on February 26th. Some have responded and signed up already, but we can use a few more to accommodate any no-shows or to reduce the length of each shift. If you are willing to help, contact Rick at [email protected] or call (505)832-4291. If you are unable to volunteer for this project we have other volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

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2019 Legislative update #4

Legislative Update #4, February 10, 2019

We are now at the end of the fourth week of the 2019 session and the number of bills continues to grow. There are now 531 bills pending in the House and 509 pending in the Senate. This compares to 463 and 454 respectively just one week ago. The deadline for introduction of legislation is Thursday February 14th which means we can expect a flurry of bills this coming week.

With only a few days remaining for introduction of legislation, no SORNA bill has been filed so far this session. We heard repeatedly prior to the session that one was in the works, so we are monitoring the website daily. You can be assured that LJC will be prepared to oppose SORNA enhancements when and if the law enforcement apparatus gets something introduced.

We continue to be optimistic that there will be some bipartisan cooperation on criminal justice reform this session. HB 342 is an omnibus bill relating to criminal justice reform strongly endorsed by leading Democrats and has some Republican support. LJC has now decided to support the bill and will be working actively to move it along the process.

Bills LJC Opposes:

 HB 307 sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia County. This legislation proposes to significantly increase penalties for sexually related offenses as well as the registration periods for corresponding crimes. This bill was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 5th in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (CPAC). LJC spoke with key legislators regarding the significant financial ramifications of the bill. The bill was removed from the calendar and the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) was added should the bill pass CPAC and the House Judiciary Committee (HJC). This will make it difficult for the legislation to pass which is good news.

HB 104 This bill extends the statute of limitations on certain offenses. Unfortunately, it received a “do pass” recommendation from the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and is now before the House Judiciary Committee. If HB 104 does pass HJC, it must also be heard by HAFC which will make it very difficult to pass the House.

HB 190 sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia county. This legislation proposes permanent no contact orders to restrain convicted sex offenders. This bill was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 5th in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (CPAC). HB 190 was removed from the calendar and has not been rescheduled.

SB 55 sponsored by Senator Jeff Steinborn (D) from Dona Ana County. This bill would increase the statute of limitations for many crimes. Abolition of the statute of limitations is a top priority of victim advocacy organizations and prosecutors. Even though SB 55 received a unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Public Affairs Committee, we are hopeful that we can reduce the reach of the bill when it is heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC). It is scheduled to be heard on Monday February 11th. We are working diligently to amend this bill before it leaves the Senate with the ultimate goal of derailing it in the House.

 Additional Details:

HB 103: THREE STRIKES EQUALS LIFE SENTENCE

This ridiculous legislation sponsored by Representative Bill Rhem and is almost the same legislation that has been defeated multiple times in previous years. It provides for additional violent felonies in the Criminal Sentencing Act for the purpose of mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for three violent felony convictions. An exception provides for parole eligibility for certain inmates age 60 years older. We believe we can defeat this misguided policy and prevent this from making it out of the House.

HB 190: PERMANENT NO CONTACT ORDERS TO RESTRAIN CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS

This bill is sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia County and is similar to legislation she has carried in previous sessions. The bill requires the sentencing court to determine if a permanent no‑contact order should be issued to protect the victim. Also provides for a hearing, written findings of fact and statement of grounds to be incorporated into the sentencing judgment, a violator’s arrest, misdemeanor conviction and punishment, conditions for rescission, and entry of the order in the NCIC protection order file. As we reported above, this bill will be difficult to pass with the third committee referral.

 HB 307: CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A MINOR PENALTY

This bill is sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia County. It proposes to increase the penalties for criminal sexual penetration perpetrated against a child; increase the penalties for criminal sexual contact of a minor; and amend sections of the sex offender registration and notification act. The SORNA amendments are cleanup language and a provision that would increase the notification requirement imposed on county sheriffs from a one-mile radius to a five-mile radius of the registrant’s address.

 

HB 342: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

This bill is bipartisan sponsored by Senators Sander Rue, Richard Martinez, Representatives Antonio Maestas and Gail Chasey. As stated earlier, LJC supports this bill. The intent for the legislation is to reform of the criminal justice system by providing for assistance to offenders with behavioral health diagnoses; revising procedures related to a person incarcerated in a county jail; revising protections for persons involved with an alcohol-or drug-related overdose; providing procedures for post-conviction petitions; revising requirements for pre-prosecution diversion programs; revising procedures related to probation and parole; revising requirements for presentence reports; revising requirements for crime victims' reparations; enacting the accurate eyewitness identification act; revising duties of the New Mexico sentencing commission; requiring eyewitness identification policies and training.

HB 370 LIMITED EXPUNGEMENT OF ARREST/CRIMINAL RECORDS

This bill is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday February 12th in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee (CPAC). Enactment of this legislation is long overdue because arrest records and criminal convictions are a significant barrier to employment and living a productive life. Although we expect considerable opposition from the business community, the Albuquerque Journal, and some conservative legislators, LJC will work hard to get this legislation to the governor’s desk.

SB 96: BAN THE BOX

This bill is sponsored by Senator Bill O’Neill (D) from Bernalillo County. This legislation states that “the employer shall not make an inquiry regarding an applicant's conviction on the employment application but may take into consideration an applicant's conviction after review of the applicant's application and upon discussion of employment with the applicant. This bill has received a “do pass” from the Senate Public Affairs (SPAC) and is now awaiting a hearing in SJC. LJC strongly supports this legislation as it represents a first step in eradicating employment barriers.

SB 323 DECREASING PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

This bill is sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes (D) from Dona Ana County. It would dramatically reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia. LJC supports this legislation because harsh penalties for simple possession are detrimental to society. This bill is languishing in the Senate Public Affairs Committee and has not be scheduled for a hearing yet.

The full text of all bills is available on the New Mexico Legislative website (bill tracker). Go to www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Number.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This is a reminder that LJC plans to have a booth in the capitol on February 21st and again on February 26th. Some have responded and signed up already which is great, and we would be grateful if others wish to volunteer to help us with the project. If you are unable to volunteer for this project we have other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. If you are willing to help, contact Rick at [email protected] or call (505)832-4291.

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2019 Legislative Update #3 2/4/19

The pace is picking up and our lawmakers have completed three weeks of the 2019 session. The number of bills has increased considerably since last week. There are now 463 bills pending in the House and 454 pending in the Senate. This compares to 377 and 372 respectively. And this number does not include many Memorials and Resolutions.

We expressed some optimism that there would be some bipartisan cooperation on criminal justice reform this session and we identified HB 342. This is an omnibus bill relating to criminal justice reform strongly endorsed by leading Democrats and has some Republican support. LJC has not taken a position on the legislation yet but we will once we’ve completed our analysis.

No SORNA bill has been filed so far this session, but we keep hearing that something is in the works. This means that LJC will be prepared to oppose SORNA enhancements when and if the law enforcement apparatus inevitably presents its legislation.

Bills Moving LJC Opposes:

HB 307 sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia County. This legislation proposes to significantly increase penalties for sexually related offenses as well as the registration periods for corresponding crimes. This bill is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 5th in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (CPAC).

HB 104 This bill extends the statute of limitations on certain offenses. Unfortunately, it received a “do pass” recommendation from the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and is now before the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 190 sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia county. This legislation proposes permanent no contact orders to restrain convicted sex offenders. This bill is scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, February 5th in the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee (CPAC).

SB 55 sponsored by Senator Jeff Steinborn (D) from Dona Ana County. This bill would increase the statute of limitations for many crimes. Abolition of the statute of limitations is a top priority of victim advocacy organizations and prosecutors. Even though SB 55 received a unanimous “do pass” recommendation from the Senate Public Affairs Committee, we are hopeful that we can stop or reduce the reach of the bill when it is heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Additional Details:

HB 103: THREE STRIKES EQUALS LIFE SENTENCE

This ridiculous legislation sponsored by Representative Bill Rhem and is a reintroduction of a bill that has been defeated multiple times in previous years. It provides for additional violent felonies in the Criminal Sentencing Act for the purpose of mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for three violent felony convictions. An exception provides for parole eligibility for certain inmates age 60 years older.

HB 104: TIME LIMIT EXTENDED FOR CRIME PROSECUTION

This bill is sponsored by Representative Bill Rhem and is identical to legislation he has carried the last two years. The proposal amends the Criminal Code to remove the statutory time limitation for commencing prosecution for the crimes of murder in the second degree, felony trafficking controlled substances, and for capital felonies or first‑degree violent felonies.

HB 190: PERMANENT NO CONTACT ORDERS TO RESTRAIN CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS

This bill is sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia County and is similar to legislation she has carried in previous sessions. The bill requires the sentencing court to determine if a permanent no‑contact order should be issued to protect the victim. Also provides for a hearing, written findings of fact and statement of grounds to be incorporated into the sentencing judgment, a violator’s arrest, misdemeanor conviction and punishment, conditions for rescission, and entry of the order in the NCIC protection order file.

HB 307: CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONTACT WITH A MINOR PENALTY

This bill is sponsored by Kelly Fajardo (R) from Valencia County. It proposes to increase the penalties for criminal sexual penetration perpetrated against a child; increase the penalties for criminal sexual contact of a minor; and amend sections of the sex offender registration and notification act.

HB 342: CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

This bill is bipartisan sponsored by Senators Sander Rue, Richard Martinez, Representatives Antonio Maestas and Gail Chasey. The intent is to reform of the criminal justice system by providing for assistance to offenders with behavioral health diagnoses; revising procedures related to a person incarcerated in a county jail; revising protections for persons involved with an alcohol-or drug-related overdose; providing procedures for post-conviction petitions; revising requirements for pre-prosecution diversion programs; revising procedures related to probation and parole; revising requirements for presentence reports; revising requirements for crime victims' reparations; enacting the accurate eyewitness identification act; revising duties of the New Mexico sentencing commission; requiring eyewitness identification policies and training.

HB 370 LIMITED EXPUNGEMENT OF ARREST/CRIMINAL RECORDS

This bill is sponsored by Representative Antonio Maestas (D) from Bernalillo County. Enactment of this legislation is long overdue because arrest records and criminal convictions are a significant barrier to employment and living a productive life. Although we expect considerable opposition from the business community and some conservatives, LJC will work hard to get this legislation to the governor.

SB 55: NO STATUTE OF LIMITATION FOR SOME CRIMES

LJC opposes this bill sponsored by Senator Jeff Steinborn which would amend the Criminal Code to totally remove the statute of limitations in cases of certain crimes against children.

SB 96: BAN THE BOX

This bill is sponsored by Senator Bill O’Neill (D) from Bernalillo County. This legislation states that “the employer shall not make an inquiry regarding an applicant's conviction on the employment application but may take into consideration an applicant's conviction after review of the applicant's application and upon discussion of employment with the applicant.

SB 323 DECREASING PENALTIES FOR POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

This bill is sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes (D) from Dona Ana County. It would dramatically reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana and paraphernalia. LJC supports this legislation because harsh penalties for simple possession are detrimental to society.

The full text of all bills is available on the New Mexico Legislative website (bill tracker). Go to www.nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Number.

We are reminding you that LJC plans to have a booth in the capitol on two different dates this year. We will be there on February 21st and again on February 26th. We have done these exhibits for many years and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. Some have responded and signed up already which is great, and we would grateful others wish to volunteer to help us with the project. We prefer that you join for the entire day, but we are grateful for any amount of time you can contribute. Since we already have some volunteers committed, we can shorten the shifts allow you to work whatever amount of time you can commit to. Contact Rick at [email protected] or call (505)832-4291, if you would like to volunteer. Lunch will be provided for those working during that portion of the day.

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