February 10, 2016

Legislature roundup Feb. 10Las Cruces Sun News

Worker benefits: Local governments no longer would be able to mandate that businesses provide sick leave, family leave or fringe benefits for workers under a bill that cleared the House Business and Employment Committee on Tuesday. House Bill 211, sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, and Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque, originally would have taken away the ability of local governments to establish their own minimum wage. - - 2/10/2016

Bipartisan gun bill: A Senate committee's action Tuesday drew praise from a former astronaut who now is a spokesman for a national gun-control group. Mark Kelly, who with his wife, former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, founded Americans for Responsible Solutions, applauded the Senate Public Affairs Committee for unanimously recommending passage of Senate Bill 331. Supporters say the measure would close loopholes in New Mexico law by requiring the state's courts to report relevant mental health records to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System. - - 2/10/2016

Abortion bill: It looks like a House panel will get to vote again on a bill to increase state oversight of abortion providers. The House Health Committee last week voted 6-4 to table HB 275, sponsored by Rep. Rod Montoya, R-Farmington. Republican Rep. Andy Nuñez of Hatch voted with five Democrats to table the bill. - - 2/10/2016

McCamley tax bill killed in committeeLas Cruces Sun News

Legislation by Rep. Bill McCamley, D-Las Cruces, that would have provided a tax credit for low-income families while also repealing the capital gains tax deduction was defeated late last week on a 6-5 party-line vote in the House Ways and Means Committee. House Bill 79 would have increased the state’s Working Families Tax Credit from 10 percent of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit to 20 percent. - - 2/10/2016