February 17, 2016

Bill to expand use of overdose drug awaits voteLas Cruces Sun News

With the Legislative session ending Thursday, a bill to expand the use of a powerful drug to reverse opioid overdoses is still waiting for a final vote on the Senate floor. House Bill 277, sponsored by Rep. Terry H. McMillan, R-Las Cruces, and the only physician serving in the Legislature, would allow for possession of an opioid antidote under a standing prescription order instead of mandating that drug users and family members have a direct consultation with a physician or a pharmacist. - - 2/17/16

Bill would restrict spending of campaign fundsLas Cruces Sun News

Candidates for state political offices no longer could spend campaign funds on clothing, haircuts or doctor bills under a bill unanimously recommended Tuesday by a House committee. With virtually no discussion, the House Judiciary Committee voted to send House Bill 310, sponsored by Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, to the full House for a vote. - - 2/17/16

Governor: Residents ones who urged license reformLas Cruces Sun News

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said she kept pushing for a revision to a state law that grants driver’s licenses to immigrants in the country illegally because residents urged her to continue the fight. This weekend, the New Mexico Democratic-controlled Senate and GOP-led House passed House Bill 94 that would stop immigrants in the country illegally from obtaining new driver’s licenses. Residents would have the option of applying for a driver’s license that is compliant under the federal REAL ID Act or getting a noncompliant driver’s authorization card. - - 2/17/16