February 19, 2016

Legislative Roundup: 2/19Las Cruces Sun News

Airline subsidy:

A bill that would allow cities and counties to use lodgers' tax revenue to guarantee commercial airlines a minimum amount of revenue is headed to the desk of Gov. Susana Martinez for her consideration. The Roswell delegation pushed House Bill 192 because that city hopes to add a flight by American Eagle, a regional carrier of American Airlines. Sen. Cliff Pirtle, R-Roswell, said the guarantee will be a means of increasing tourism. - - 2/19/16

Overdose reversals:

A change in state law that would allow better distribution for an overdose reversal drug known as Narcan passed the Legislature late Wednesday night. HB 277 was sponsored by both Republican Rep. Terry H. McMillan, a Las Cruces physician, and Sen. Richard C. Martinez, a Democrat from Española who is a retired magistrate judge. - - 2/19/16

Rapid workforce:

Sen. Ted Barela, R Estancia, passed his first bill through the Legislature in the final hours with House approval of SB 92, a new initiative to speed job training for industries with hard-to-recruit workers. The measure has support from the governor, who mentioned the effort in her State of the State speech. Barela was appointed by the governor to fill the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Phil Griego, a Democrat who resigned amid an ethics controversy. - - 2/19/16

Closing fees:

An effort by Rep. Monica Youngblood, R- Albuquerque, to put a $150 cap on the fee that a homeowners' association in HB 129 can charge for documents required in a property closing passed the House, but died before getting a final vote on the Senate floor. Youngblood, a real-estate agent, said many private management companies have been charging $500 or more for the information, which is required under a state law passed in 2010. - - 2/19/16