January 18, 2021

Recent News from the Legislature courtesy of New Mexico State Senate Republican Office

Posted on 18. Feb, 2013 by Stephan Helgesen in Politics

Senate Passes 34-6 Economic Relief for NM Restaurants and Taverns by extending Sunday Sales

Senate Passed 34-6

SB 154 Hours of Sunday Alcohol Sales

Sponsor: Senator John Ryan

Video and audio at: http://youtu.be/UNU6bgfmZ1w

Santa Fe— The New Mexico State Senate today passed a bill to make New Mexico restaurants and taverns more competitive with neighboring states so they can boost their business by allowing them to serve liquor such as champagne with Sunday brunch  at 10:00 a.m. rather than noon as the law currently permits.  The sponsor of SB 154- Hours of Sunday Alcohol Sales, Senator John Ryan (R-Albuquerque)  said all alcohol would be allowed to be served beginning at 10:00 a.m. as a way to not discourage business in New Mexico.

“This is a good business bill,” Senator Ryan said. “We have a lot of tourists from all over the world who come here expecting to have champagne with their Sunday brunch only to find alcoholic beverages can’t be served until noon.  The sports bars which cater to the sports enthusiasts who want to watch Sunday football games are not able to serve their patrons until noon. This bill will help increase business on Sunday mornings by allowing liquor to be served at a reasonable time. More business and more employment could be the result.

SB 154 changes the legal start of Sunday sales by the drink for alcoholic beverages in a licensed restaurant or bar from noon to 10:00 a.m.

Senator Ryan said many bars and taverns buy NFL packages that attract customers early to their businesses but they are unable to buy alcoholic beverages until noon.  He said many tourists who come to the state for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and for snow skiing might be more likely to spend more money if this bill becomes law.


For Immediate Release  Thursday, February 14, 2013 Contact: 505-986-4702

New Mexico State Senate Republican Office

Committees took action Thursday PM  Feb. 14, 2013 on the following Republican Senate Bills:




SJM 1  Rue – Family Friendly Workplace Task Force DP 6/0  Next to Senate Floor

SPAC: SB 335 (Ingle:  Assisted Living Facility Contract Refunds)  DP 5/0  onto SJC

SPAC:  SB 304 Payne:  2nd Degree Murder Prosecution Time Limit  No Rec 5/2 to SJC


For Immediate Release Thursday, February 14, 2013 Contact: 505-986-4702

New Mexico State Senate Republican Office

Senate Passed Bill to Save

State-Owned Man’s Best Friend from Being Destroyed or Possibly Being Auctioned off to Drug Dealers

Committee sub for SB-139a  Disposition of State-Owned Animals

Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque)

SCONC DP 6-0 Next to the Senate Floor

(Santa Fe) The New Mexico State Senate this afternoon passed unanimously a bill to save man’s best friend who has retired after serving the state from being destroyed or from being auctioned off.  The committee substitute from SB 139s gives the dogs the opportunity to find a loving home with its trainer rather than take the chance the former K-9 could be auctioned off to a drug dealer. The K-9 would be protected under a bill sponsored by Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque.)

Senator Moores’ bill provides that police dogs that have worked for both State Police and for the Corrections Department be offered first to their trainers or handlers free of charge when they retire from the force.  The police dogs known as K-9 dogs would then be offered to a non-profit organization if they are not a threat to public safety.

“It just makes sense that these well trained dogs be allowed to live with their trainers once their work for the state is completed,” Senator Moores said. “Currently, these dogs are treated like all other state owned property, they are auctioned off or destroyed like an old computer or rundown vehicle.”

Senator Moores said many of the dogs had been trained as drug sniffing dogs and he does not want them auctioned off to unknown criminals.  “We do not want to take the chance these drug sniffing dogs be auctioned to drug dealers, that would be bad for the dogs and terrible for the state,” Senator Moores said. “These hard working dogs deserve to stay with the trainers they have bonded with over the years.”


For Immediate Release Thursday, February 14, 2013 Contact: 505-986-4702

New Mexico State Senate Republican Office

Keep on Track or Risk

Losing Driver’s License

SB 393- Early Intervention to Prevent Drop Outs

Senator Craig Brandt

Desired Outcomes:

Increase Graduation Rates, Better preparation for college or career

Serve as Early Warning System- ID students at risk, immediate intervention

Prevent Dropouts-student, parent, principal agree after exit interview, sign statement- Can only drop out due to financial hardship, illness, court

If no exit interview or exceed habitual truancy – at risk of losing driver’s privilege

Santa Fe- Senator Craig Brandt, a former School Board member from one of the state’s high schools with the best graduation rates, is sponsoring a bill to prevent school drop outs throughout the state.  SB 393 is designed to increase graduation rates and decrease the number of dropouts by better preparing students for success in college and in their careers. If students do not take some of the steps to prevent them from dropping out, they are at risk of losing their driver’s privileges.

SB 393 sets up an early warning system of those who are at risk of dropping out and provides for  immediate intervention to keep them on track with the Next Step Plan.

An intervention similar program has been implemented in the Rio Rancho School District and has contributed to their growth in its graduation rate.

“Identify students at risk and getting them the immediate support they need to get back on track was successful in Rio Rancho and can make a huge difference across the state,” Senator Brandt said. “There is so much hope for our students and their futures if the legislature has the courage to make these critical improvements. If the students do not go along with the efforts to help keep them in school, they could lose their driver’s permit or license. That could keep them on track.”

The data used in early warning system to identify students at risk include: 3rd grade reading proficiency rates; multiple discipline referrals; habitual truancy rates in grades 6 –9; 9th grade GPA below 1.5; and failure of any core courses during grades 6 –9.

Under the proposed changes, students would only be able to drop out of school if they are between 16 and under 18 if the students, parents, principals agree after exit interview conducted by the school.  All of them would also have to sign statement acknowledging that dropping out will reduce the student’s earning potential.  And the changes would only allow withdrawal from school due to the student’s financial hardship, illness, if there is a court order that has jurisdiction over the student.

If a student drops out without completing the exit interview or if a student exceeds the habitually truancy rate between grades 8-12, they might lose their driving privileges during the second year of the plan’s implementation.

The above information was submitted by the State of New Mexico Republican Senate Office. For more information, contact: 505-986-4702



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