February 10, 2015

CBP officials stepping up effort to prevent diseased, pest-infected flowers from entering El Paso, U.S.El Paso Times

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have stepped up efforts as Valentine's Day approaches to prevent pest-infected and diseased flowers and other plants from entering the country. El Paso area CBP agriculture specialists prevented more than 50,310 quarantine material, including fruits, vegetables, plants and plant parts from entering the country in the 2014 fiscal year. Among those, 3,751 were found to be pest-infected, officials said. -- 2/10/2015


New Mexico House approves bills protecting children– Las Cruces Sun News

A pair of bills bolstering protections for New Mexico's children has passed the House of Representatives. One closes a loophole in existing law and makes it a crime to send naked pictures of people to anyone under 16. The other makes it mandatory for parents or guardians to receive court-ordered family services when there is strong evidence of child neglect or abuse, even when the victim is not taken into state custody. House Bill 125 sponsored by Belen Republican Kelly Fajardoand approved Wednesday now move to the Senate for consideration. -- 2/5/2015


Los Alamos National Lab creates website for measles fight– Las Cruces Sun News

The Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a website designed to help public health officials in their fight against measles and other infectious diseases. KOAT-TV reports lab scientists recently compiled information into what's called the Biosurveillance Gateway. Gateway project director Alina Deshpande says the website will offer "credible information" and will be the most comprehensive place online for the latest research. -- 2/5/2015


New Mexico House panel OKs e-cigarette sales ban to minorsLas Cruces Sun News

A New Mexico House panel has passed House Bill 42 that would outlaw e-cigarette sales to minors. The House Health Committee approved Thursday a proposal that would add electronic cigarettes to the state's Tobacco Products Act. Rep. Monica Youngblood, an Albuquerque Republican, sponsored the bill. Battery-powered e-cigarettes heat a liquid solution, usually containing nicotine, to create vapor that users inhale. -- 2/5/2015


New Mexico Senate panel Oks drone hunting ban bill– Las Cruces Sun News

A New Mexico Senate panel has voted to approve a bill that officially would ban the use of drones for hunting. The Conservation Committee voted 9-0 on Tuesday to move the proposal. Sen. Howie Morales sponsored the bill that outlaws unmanned devices used to hunt game. -- 2/4/2015


New Mexico House votes to clarify duty to report child abuse- Las Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed legislation that would clarify a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect to authorities. The bill by Santa Fe Democrat Brian Egolf removes reference to the 10 categories of people, including physicians, nurses and teachers, who were previously specified in law as having to contact authorities about suspected abuse. -- 2/4/2015