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Roundhouse Roundup – Feb. 13, 2012 11:30pm

Posted on 14. Feb, 2012 by Stephan Helgesen in Politics

On a vote of 12 to 30, New Mexico Senators voted down a bill to make it illegal for those here illegally to receive a New Mexico Drivers’ License

Santa Fe–On a vote of 12 to 30, New Mexico State Senators voted against a floor substitute bill that its sponsor said would have made it illegal for illegal immigrants  living in the state to get drivers’ licenses.

Senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington) proposed a floor  substitute to Senate Pro Tem’s Tim  Jenning’s SB 235/a that Senator Sharer  said would have protected the two million New Mexicans who deserve a New Mexico license and the bill would have denied a New Mexico drivers’ license to those are here illegally. Senator Sharer said he was disappointed there was very little discussion on his substitute bill.

Senate Passed Bill to Require Assisted Living  Contract Refund Policy

Santa Fe-  The New Mexico State Senate unanimously passed a bill to require a refund policy for contracts with assisted living facilities  when a resident dies.

Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) sponsored the legislation that requires contracts to include a prorated refund policy effective when the resident has died and the personal effects have been removed from the assisted living facility.

Senator Ingle sponsored the legislation after being contacted by a family whose loved one died a day after the family had paid a full month’s assisted living rent and the facility  would not refund any of the rent, even after it had rented the room to another resident.

“This situation really touched me.  I just cannot believe a business can behave this way. I talked to a number of assisted living facility directors who do have policies to refund the rent.  But for those who do not have such policies, we need a law to require this refund policy,” Senator Ingle said.  “I just felt like something needed to be done.”

The substitute for SB 275 passed the Senate 38-0. It now goes to the House for consideration. There is an emergency clause on the bill.

Hard-hitting, Bipartisan, Anti-corruption Landmark Piece of Legislation Passes Unanimously Both Senate and House

News Conference can be found at: http://youtu.be/XVDUsdGqUMA

And at NewMexicoRepublicanSenatorsblogspot.com

SB 197 Felonies for Public Officials

Sponsored by Senate Minority Whip  Bill Payne (R-Albuquerque)

Passed House 67-0, Passed Senate 39 to 0- on to Governor

Santa Fe— A hard-hitting, bi-partisan, anti-corruption bill passed the House today 67-0 after having passed the Senate 39-0 last Thursday. The sponsor of the bill, Senate Minority Leader Bill Payne (R-Albuquerque) said it is one of the major bills of the session to pass both Houses.  He has been working for four years on the bill to fine corrupt public officials who are guilty of a felony related to their public office.

The Democratic Majority Leader of the House, Rep. Kenny Martinez  carried SB 197 in the House.

Under this major anti-corruption bill,  SB 197- Felonies for Public Officials- corrupt officials could receive a fine and lose their fringe benefits like their pensions if they are found guilty of a felony related to their public office. They could also lose the salary they were paid from the point the corruption began which was associated with their public office.

In addition to a criminal trial, a separate trial would be held to determine the additional penalties to the basic criminal sentence. Those penalties may be increased by an additional fine not to exceed the value of the salary and fringe benefits paid to the offender.

“Corrupt officials should lose their salaries and benefits when using their office for criminal activity,” Senator Payne said. “Public officials who violate the public trust should receive a greater punishment than just the basic sentence. Being fined the amount of their salary and benefits might make these corrupt officials think twice about violating corruption laws.”

Senate Bill 197 is an anti-corruption legislation that adds a new section to the Criminal Sentencing Act.   It imposes an additional fine not to exceed the value of the salary and fringe benefits paid to the offender if  the offender holds an elected public office and the conviction relates to the office held. The salary/ benefits calculation starts after the commission of the first act.

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