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Bill Protecting Victims Of Human Trafficking Clears House

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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SANTA FE — House Bill 237, making important changes to current sex-trafficking and sexual exploitation statutes, has unanimously passed the House.

Sponsored by Representatives Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe), and Joseph Sanchez (D-Alcalde), the bill strengthens protections for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children by increasing penalties and raising the age cut-off of child victims from 16 to 18.

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New Mexico House Passes ‘Chop Shop’ Bill

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
The New Mexican

The state House passed a bill Saturday to create tougher penalties for illegal New Mexico “chop shops” that dismantle stolen vehicles to sell for parts.

The lower chamber passed House Bill 156 in a 62-2 vote, which would create a new crime specifically for ­“chop shops” that knowingly cut up stolen vehicles to sell on the illegal market.

Rep. Abbas Akhil, D-Albuquerque, one of the primary bill sponsors, said he got together with other lawmakers after concern from his constituents with extremely high auto theft rates. National Insurance Crime Bureau data


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Extreme-Risk Protection Order Bill Wins Final Approval

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement Thursday night after Senate Bill 5, “providing law enforcement officers with another proven-effective tool to proactively address the scourge of gun violence in communities all across New Mexico”, passed the House floor by a vote of 39-31:

“This is a tremendous victory for New Mexicans’ public safety. This tool will empower law enforcement to keep our communities safer. It will minimize the plain and unacceptable risks of gun violence and suicide all across New Mexico.

“Lawmakers


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