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Weekly Legislative Update – Week ending Feb. 22, 2013

Posted on 22. Feb, 2013 by Stephan Helgesen in Politics

SB 58  Reports to Immunization Registry (Beffort)

Santa Fe—The Senate passed unanimously SB 58- Reports to Immunization Registry. The bill sponsored by Senator Sue Wilson Beffort would change immunization reporting from optional to required.

SB 58 amends the Immunization Act (Act), Section 24-5-8 NMSA 1978 within the NM Public Health Act, to require physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care providers report on immunizations to the immunization registry, known as the New Mexico Statewide Immunization Information System (NMSIIS).

For Immediate Release Thursday, February 21, 2013  Contact: 986-4702

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Senate Passes Bill to Help Employees do their Jobs in Sensitive Situations

“Sometimes We Don’t Want to Advertise ‘I’m from the Government

and I am Here to Help’”

SB 51a- Protective and Undercover License Plates

Senator Sander Rue

Santa Fe- The Senate Passed 25 to 15 a bill to help state employees working in sensitive situations avoid advertising they work for the state. The bill sponsored by Senator Sander Rue,  SB 51- Protective and Undercover License Plates- would allow state employees to be issued non-government issued license plates if they work in sensitive situations where they could be placed at higher risk if the general public knew they were public officials. The bill now goes on to the House.

Senator Rue has said, “Sometimes we don’t want to advertise “I’m from the Government and I am here to help.”  Senator Sander Rue quoted the nine most terrifying words in the English language from President Ronald Reagan. “Sometimes advertising they are a state employee can put those employees working in the field in jeopardy and can jeopardize the critical work they are doing for the state.”

The bill sets in law a process to issue non-government license plates to state employees who work in agencies and departments such as CYFD, and to probation and parole officers who need to work undercover in sensitive situations without the public knowing they are public officials. And the law also creates a mechanism to prevent abuse.

Senator Rue said the bill is designed to protect state employees and help them do their jobs in sensitive situations without the public knowing,  by the  license plates on their state vehicles, that they are public employees.

“CYFD employees often times have to intervene in traumatic family situations, a job that is difficult enough,” Senator Rue said. “We need to do everything we can to assist them in doing their critical work in the field without jeopardizing their situation under sensitive circumstances by advertising they are a CYFD employee,” Senator Rue said.

The bill also adds language to 66-6-15 NMSA to allow MVD to issue undercover and sensitive activity plates to Indian tribes, pueblos, counties, municipalities and other governmental entities.

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For Immediate Release Thursday, February 21, 2013    Contact: 505-986-4702

New Mexico State Senate Republican Office

Instead of Attacking Legal Gun Owners, Crack Down on Drunks Who Use Their Vehicles as Weapons

155 New Mexicans Killed by Drunks

SB 410 – DWIs for Habitual Offender Sentencing

Habitual Offender Act  to  include DWIs that are currently excluded

SB 409 – Increase Penalties for Multiple DWIs

Increase the penalties for fourth and higher convictions of DWI

3 year sentence could increase to 12 years on 8th offense

Sponsor:  Senator Craig Brandt

(Santa Fe)  “Instead of spending time in the legislature attacking gun owners who want to protect their families, it is time to get tough on drunks who use their vehicles as weapons. Let’s crack down on a drunk driver who can spray a crowd with three tons of shrapnel,” State Senator Craig Brandt (R-Rio Rancho) said. His two bills- SB 410 – DWIs for Habitual Offender Sentencing and SB 409 – Increase Penalties for Multiple DWIs have passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee and will next be heard in Senate Judiciary.

“Last year, 155 New Mexicans were killed by drunk drivers. When are we going to get serious and crack down on drunk drivers who continue to drive drunk?” Senator Brandt said. “These drunk law breakers need to be treated like the habitual offenders they are in our legal system. And if that does not get their attention, we need to throw the book at them when they are convicted of four or more DWIs.”

Under SB 409,  a fourth offense with  a maximum 1.5 year sentence could increase to a three year sentence while an 8th offense could be increased to 12 years from its current 3 year maximum.

SB 410 proposes to treat repeat DWI law breakers as habitual offenders under the Habitual Offenders Sentencing Act. As a habitual offender, drunks who continue to drive could be given tougher sentences if they break the law again. Currently, felony DWI convictions are expressly excluded from the habitual Offender Act while persons convicted of more than one noncapital felony are considered habitual offenders whose basic sentences can be enhanced for subsequent felony convictions.

SB 410 proposes a statutory change to the Habitual Offender Sentencing Act [Section 31-18-17  NMSA] to include a prior felony DWI conviction.

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For Immediate Release  Thursday, February 21, 2013 Contact: 505-986-4702

New Mexico State  Senate Republican Office

Senate Passes Senator Bill Burt’s Bill

To Help Military Families

SB 258a Professional  Licenses for Military and Spouses-

Senator Bill Burt-(R-Alamogordo)

Santa Fe- The New Mexico State Senate passed a bill 41-0 that encourages members of the military and their spouses to live and work in New Mexico. SB 258/a Professional Licenses for Military and Spouses- helps by giving them a break on obtaining professional licenses in the state. The bill now goes on to the House for consideration.

Senator Bill Burt (R-Alamogordo) is sponsoring  SB 258/a Professional Licenses for Military and Spouses- allows expedited occupational and professional licensing of military service member, spouses of military service members and veterans who are licensed in other states.

“For all people wanting to live and work in New Mexico, the state should process their professional and occupational license applications in a timely manner,” Senator Burt said. “Members of the military who are active duty or recent veterans and their spouses who have obtained occupational licenses in other states or jurisdictions should receive reciprocity with those licenses so we encourage them to live and work in New Mexico without causing them much delay.”

Senator Burt’s bill calls for issuing a license to a qualified applicant who submits satisfactory evidence that the applicant holds a license that is current and in good standing and that the licensing requirements are substantially equivalent to the licensing requirements for that occupation or profession in New Mexico. In additional to cities and states, jurisdictions in the bill could include a branch of the United States Armed Forces.

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For Immediate Release Thursday, February 21, 2013  Contact: 986-4702

Committee Action  Wednesday night on the following Senate Republican Bills:

SB185a FRONTIER COMMUNITIES PROGRAM (Sen. Woods ) SFC DP 9-0

SB196 LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (Cotter) SFC DP 9-0

SB0181a PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE STANDARDS & BOARDS (Sen. Rue) SJC DP 8-0

SB0372 BARBER & COSMETOLOGIST CEASE & DESIST ORDERS (Sen. Torraco) SJC DP 6-1 goes to SFloor

SB0290 INCREASE CERTAIN CARELESS DRIVING PENALTIES (Sen. Ryan/Rep. Miera) SJC DP 8-0 goes to Senate Floor

Santa Fe—Hobb’s Senator Gay Kernan, the ranking member on Senate Education  and Senator  John Sapien from Corrales, the Chairman of Senate Education  discuss education reform and their bills to improve education in the state on KCHF TV Channel 11’s “Issues and Answers with Diane Kinderwater.”

Senator Gay Kernan – “Education Reform”

Friday, February 22, 2013 – 10:30 pm

Sunday, February 24, 2013 – 11:00 pm

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 – 6:30 pm

Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 10:00 pm

Sunday, March 10, 2013 – 2:00 pm

On to Next Committee: SB 368 Time to Give a Hard Reboot to NM Tax System

“Wipe out nearly every tax and start over with a simple

2% Across-the-Board- Consumption Tax.”

Moved out of Senator Conservation without a recommendation 6-0, on to next committee- Senate Corporations

SB 368 Hard Reboot of NM Tax System-  Repeal Nearly Every Tax, Replace  them with a 2% Across-the-Board Consumption Tax

Santa Fe- Wipe out hundreds of taxes in New Mexico and replace them with a simple and low 2% across-the- board consumption tax.

That is what is in the major tax overhaul bill (SB 368)  Senator Bill Sharer (R- Farmington) introduced in the Senate today.  Representative Tom Taylor (R-Farmington) introduced a similar bill in the House.

“Give the tax system a hard reboot and bring it back to the basics of what the original Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) was intended to be while eliminating all of the GRT deductions, credits and exemptions that have grown around it over the years,” Senator Sharer said.  “This is real tax reform. While we have played around the edges of taxation for decades we now have a bill that will be a true “hard reboot” of the tax system. It is time to quit tinkering and just do it.”

The back-to-the basics tax plan includes implementing a low 2% broad based tax on everything that is sold, purchased and rented in New Mexico and eliminating the Personal Income Tax, the Corporate Income Tax, the Compensating Tax and nearly all of the “special sales taxes.” Special taxes include such things as the vehicle excise tax, the taxes on insurance premiums and the Convoy Tax.

While the tax plan is simple, the tax bill is comprehensive and over 200 pages.

“For a long time we have talked about a broad based tax with very low rates.  This bill does exactly that.  The original GRT was based on this idea, it is time to go back to that idea”, said Rep. Taylor.

Senator Sharer said all of the revenue that is wiped out by the reboot of the tax system will be  replaced with the extremely simple 2% standard consumption tax under the current GRT system.

“It will be just easier to understand and compute. You know what you buy, sell and rent. Simply add 2% for the state’s cut rather than the over 8% tax that is charged now in some cities. We won’t need to charge those high taxes once the special interest credits, deductions and exemptions are eliminated.” Senator Sharer said. Under the plan, local governments will be able to add up to a 1% GRT for the towns and cities.

Senator Sharer said, “This year alone there are 51 new tax bills, obviously our tax system is an epic failure.” The few existing taxes that will remain under the plan are the: Property tax, Severance Taxes and gasoline tax. Rep. Taylor said the plan also protects the poorer New Mexicans by offering up to 100% tax refunds. “This is the only bill that we have seen that considers the basic principles of taxation: adequacy, equity, efficiency, and simplicity,” Rep. Taylor said.

Senator Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque) will be on KCHF TV Channel 11’s “Issues and Answers with Diane Kinderwater”  the following dates and times:

Senator Mark Moores – “Midsession”

Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 4:30 pm

Friday, March 1, 2013 – 10:00 am

Sunday, March 3, 2013 – 11:00 pm

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Senate Passed No Skills, Knowledge Test for

Hired Custom Harvester Drivers

“Helps farm neighbors be neighborly.”

SB 202 – Farm-Related Industries Driver’s License

Senator Cliff R. Pirtle

(Santa Fe) The New Mexico Senate Passed SB 202.  It now goes to the House for consideration. The sponsor of the bill,   Senator Cliff Pirtle (R-Roswell) wants to correct an oversight in the law that treats the drivers of hired custom harvesters and commercial farm and ranch operators that travel the back roads of New Mexico within 150 miles of the owner’s farm or ranch differently.

Senator Pirtle’s SB 202 would grant the hired custom harvesters the ability to receive the same  exemptions that  farm and ranchers  currently receive.

“Under this correction in the law, all harvesters- for hire or private- will be treated the same and will enjoy the same exemptions. They will be able to get the new CDL C class license,” Senator Pirtle said. “In addition to their own fields, this will help farmers harvest their neighbor’s fields without having to take the knowledge and skills test. It helps farm neighbors be neighborly.”

Pirtle’s bill adds a new section to the motor vehicle code to allow employees of certain farm-related service industries to obtain restricted commercial driver’s licenses, if they meet all of the qualifications for that license, without having to take commercial driver’s license (CDL) knowledge and skills tests.

Senate Passed No Skills, Knowledge Test for

Hired Custom Harvester Drivers

“Helps farm neighbors be neighborly.”

SB 202 – Farm-Related Industries Driver’s License

Senator Cliff R. Pirtle

(Santa Fe) The New Mexico Senate Passed SB 202.  It now goes to the House for consideration. The sponsor of the bill,   Senator Cliff Pirtle (R-Roswell) wants to correct an oversight in the law that treats the drivers of hired custom harvesters and commercial farm and ranch operators that travel the back roads of New Mexico within 150 miles of the owner’s farm or ranch differently.

Senator Pirtle’s SB 202 would grant the hired custom harvesters the ability to receive the same  exemptions that  farm and ranchers  currently receive.

“Under this correction in the law, all harvesters- for hire or private- will be treated the same and will enjoy the same exemptions. They will be able to get the new CDL C class license,” Senator Pirtle said. “In addition to their own fields, this will help farmers harvest their neighbor’s fields without having to take the knowledge and skills test. It helps farm neighbors be neighborly.”

Pirtle’s  bill adds a new section to the motor vehicle code to allow employees of certain farm-related service industries to obtain restricted commercial driver’s licenses, if they meet all of the qualifications for that license, without having to take commercial driver’s license (CDL) knowledge and skills tests.

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Committee Action today and last night on the following Senate Republican Bills:

SB 316 (RUE) TEACHER LICENSING & PERFORMANCE RATINGS Tabled  SEC 5-4

SB 302a (BRANDT) HOME & CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENT PROGRAM UNITS DPa SEC 6-0 Next to SFC

Last Night:

SPAC  SB 411  [Ryan]  CHILD ABUSE & ABANDONMENT REPORTING  DP 6-1  Yes: Brandt, Candelaria, Griggs, Ivey-Soto, Keller, O’Neill  No: Ortiz y Pino  Next: SJC

SPAC  SB 413 [Neville]  LOCAL SUBSTITUTE CARE REVIEW BOARDS  Tabled.  Will work on during the Interim.

SPAC  SB 410 [Brandt]  DWIS FOR HABITUAL OFFENDER SENTENCING  DP 6/1  Yes:  Brandt, Candelaria, Griggs, Ivey-Soto, Keller, O’Neill  NO:  Ortiz y Pino  Next:  SJC

SPAC  SB 409 [Brandt] – INCREASE PENALTIES FOR MULTIPLE DWIs  DP 6-0  Next SJC

SB 94 PENALTIES FOR NO BOAT FLOATATION DEVICES (Sharer) SCONC DP 8-0  Next to SJC

SB 175 UTILITY COMPANY FIRST RIGHT OF REFUSAL (Leavell) SCONC DP 8-0  NEXT TO SJC

SB 321 UTILITY CHARGES FOR CERTAIN SCHOOLS (Payne) DP SCONC next to SCORC

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For Immediate Release Tuesday, February 19, 2013 Contact: 986-4702

New Mexico State Senate Republican Office

The Senate and Senate Committees took action on the following bills today.

Senate Passed:

SB 39- College District Bonds for Hard & Software- Sen. Rue- 39-1 SB 39 provides a new source of funding for computer hardware and software for community colleges by adding those purchases to eligible uses of funds borrowed under the College District Tax Act (debt-service mill

SB 140/a NM Poison & Drug Information Center- Sen.  Moores-38-0 SB 140a formalizes the NMPDIC in statute and outlines program responsibilities consistent with contemporary

United States poison centers and mandates that the program continue to meet American Association of Poison

SB 180/a  Trust Company Certificate Fees and Requirements- Sen. Neville- 39-0 SB 180 would raise the minimum paid-up capital requirements for newly organized trust companies from

Committee Action-

SB 443 GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT REQUIREMENTS (RUE) SCORC DP (7-0) on to SJC

SB 412a UPDATE MODEL ACTS OF INSURANCE CODE (LEAVELL) SCORC DP (7-0) on to SJC

SB0466 Senator Neville passed SJC 6-0 ADDITIONAL JUDGESHIPS goes to SFC

SB0258a Senator Burt’s PROFFESSIONAL LICENSES FOR MILITARY & SPOUSES passed SJC DP  6-0 goes to SFloor

SB0176 SJC DP 6-0 goes to SFloor SUBDIVISIONS ACT DEFINITIONS Senator Beffort’s bill

SB   54  (BEFFORT) LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING FUND SFC DP 7-0 next to Sfloor

SB  173 (MOORES)   STATE FINANCIAL REGULATION FUND SFC DP 6-0 next to Sfloor

SB  301 (BRANDT) NM SCHOLARS ACT SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY SFC DP  7-0 next to Sfloor

Editor – This information was submitted by Diane Kinderwater of the New Mexico State Senate Republican Office

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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