February 2, 2016

Legislature Roundup: Feb. 2Las Cruces Sun News

Bail reform:The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday evening voted 7-2 for a proposed constitutional amendment for HJR 13 expressly allowing judges to release nonviolent, indigent defendants to be released from jail without bail. A second component of the measure would permit judges to deny bail to defendants who they believe to be violent. – 2/2/2016

New license bill: Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, and Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, who last year co-sponsored a bill to create a two-tiered driver's license system, introduced a new version Monday. Senate Bill 256 differs from the bill they carried last year. It would give U.S. citizens who reside in New Mexico the option to choose a driving privilege card or a license that complies with the REAL ID Act, a national identification system. Undocumented immigrants would be eligible for a privilege card. – 2/2/2016

Jayden's Law: HB 72 meant to ensure that judges have a complete view of a violent criminal's prior record, including juvenile records, passed the House Monday by a 65-0 vote. – 2/2/2016