February 8, 2016

Legislative Roundup 2/6/2016Las Cruces Sun News

Qualified sheriffs: County sheriffs in New Mexico would have to have a minimum of seven years of law enforcement experience if a bill introduced by Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, becomes law. Senate Bill 203 also would require that sheriffs be at least 21 years old, be a resident of the county and not be a convicted felon. Anyone who had been recalled from a public office also would not be qualified. – 2/8/2016

Lobbyist disclosure: Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Las Cruces, has been trying for two years to pass a bill to require legislative lobbyists to disclose more information about themselves. On Saturday, the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee voted to move his House Bill 137 onto its next committee with no recommendation. This bill, one of three lobbyist bills sponsored by Steinborn this year, would require lobbyists to list each legislator who receives a gift, meal or other expenditure from them. – 2/8/2016

Anti-abortion bill defeated:The House Health Committee voted 6-4 Saturday to block Bill 275 that would have required state workers to inspect abortion clinics to determine if infants "born alive" after abortion attempts were then being killed by medical professionals. – 2/8/2016

Brittany Alert: The Senate on Friday unanimously passed a bill that would create a law enforcement notification system for when someone with severe physical, mental or developmental disabilities is reported missing. Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, said SB 21 is named for Brittany Redford-Gonzales -- a developmentally disabled 25-year-old Edgewood woman with the intellectual capacity of an 11-year-old who went missing for 18 days. She was 200 miles from home with an ex-boyfriend when authorities discovered her location. Police couldn't issue an Amber Alert because Redford-Gonzales was too old. – 2/8/2016