Public Safety

Bill To Make Drug Companies Negotiate Lower Prices Passes Key Committee On Bipartisan, Unanimous Vote

STATE News:

  • SB 354 Could Save State $100 Million

SANTA FE – Legislation to save taxpayers millions of dollars by requiring the State to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices has passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee by a bipartisan, unanimous vote. 

Senate Bill 354, ‘Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Council’, would require that all state agencies and state benefit providers who purchase prescription drugs negotiate for bulk purchasing discounts. In fiscal year 2016 the combined state agencies spent over $670 million on prescription drugs, a staggering 54 percent


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Preventing Crime Through Voluntary Home Visits

FIGHTCRIME.ORG News:

  • New Mexico report shows unique value of home visiting programs

ALBUQEURQUE — On behalf of the 70 New Mexico members of the national anti-crime organization, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden E. Eden, Jr., Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace and 13th Judicial District Attorney Lemuel Martinez have released a state-specific report, Preventing Crime Through Voluntary Home Visiting.

Joined by New Mexico Parents as Teachers, the law enforcement leaders discussed how voluntary home visiting helps reduce rates of child abuse and neglect,


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FBI: Man Wearing Walmart Vest And Rag On His Head Robs Albuquerque Bank

FBI News:

A man wearing a blue Walmart vest and a rag on his head robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, Feb. 21.

The suspect was described as a black man in his mid-20s, approximately 5’10” tall, with a slender to medium build. He wore a blue Walmart vest over a white T-shirt, a black rag on his head, blue jeans and dark shoes.

Witnesses said the suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank at approximately 1:08 p.m. at 3500 Candelaria Blvd. NE. He presented a demand note to a teller and made verbal threats. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of money to the suspect, who left the bank and was


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February Is American Heart Month

By the American Heart Association, and
Donna McHenry, MS,
Los Alamos Fire Department
 
There are more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) annually in the U.S., nearly 90 percent of them fatal, according to the American Heart Association’s newly released Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2017 Update.
 
According to the report, the annual incidence of EMS-assessed non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in 2015 is estimated to be 356,500. Estimates also suggest 7,037 children suffer OHCA each year.
 

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Letter To The Editor: House Bill 50 … Just To Clarify

By KHALIL SPENCER
Los Alamos

I just want to clarify a couple things in response to Jody Benson’s letter as well as thank her for her engagement on the topic (link).

I did not say that we should reject House Bill 50. What I said was the original and present wording was problematic. There is still plenty of time in this legislative session to find some common ground on this
bill and amend it so it has bipartisan and gun owner support.

To excerpt from my own essay (link), what I said was “…provisions in the bill put onerous constraints on temporary transfers and casual sales between law


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