Legislative Update #3

Legislative Update #3 This 30-day session has unfolded as we had anticipated. This year’s session has proven to be focused on cracking down on crime, and there are several competing proposals. The cutoff for introduction of legislation was February 2nd which means all the bills we need to analyze are in the system. Although crime has been an issue in New Mexico for several years, many have gotten on the bandwagon since this is an…

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Legislative Update #1

The New Mexico Legislature convened for a 30-day session on January 18th. As we had anticipated, early indications are this will be a year of dueling get-tough on crime proposals from the governor as well as those seeking the office. The governor announced her proposals in advance of the session. Those priorities include: Imposing a “rebuttable presumption,” which shifts the…

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Final Legislative Update

We apologize in that this final update took longer than we would have liked. The New Mexico Legislature adjourned on March 20th. None of the priority bills we were tracking actually made it to the finish line. HB 56:  Our number one priority was to defeat HB 56, and we are happy to report that it did not pass. HB 56 is the SORNA and human trafficking proposal. The bill contained a provision that would have required registrants who simply own property located in New Mexico to register. The…

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Legislative Update #7

The New Mexico Legislature will adjourn at noon on Saturday. At this point, none of the bills we are tracking have moved to the finish line. LJC Opposes HB 56:  Our number one priority is defeating HB 56 which is the SORNA and Human Trafficking proposal. Much of the proposal centers on hype about Jeffrey Epstein and the fact that even…

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Legislative Update #5

Several House bills have crossed over into the Senate. LJC is vehemently opposed to some, most notably, House Bill 56. This is the mammoth SORNA and human trafficking overhaul. As expected, the legislation passed the House near unanimously. In addition, House Bill 74 which we reported on last week passed despite significant Republican opposition. HB 74 would restore voting rights…

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