Senate Bill 137 To Remove Barriers For Professional And Occupational Licenses Moves To House Floor

Scene of the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee Friday at the Roundhouse. Courtesy/NMDT

NM Dream Team News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The House Commerce & Economic Development Committee passed SB 137 Friday with a unanimous vote.

The proposal looks to remove professional and occupational licensing barriers in our state and extend access to ALL New Mexicans, regardless of immigration status.

The bill, which passed the Senate floor with a unanimous vote last week, now moves to the House floor and is expected to be heard soon. If passed, SB 137 will move to the Governor’s desk for final


Happy Presidents’ Day 2020!

The White House. Courtesy/history.com


Today is Presidents’ Day, a federal holiday celebrated annually on the third Monday in February.

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers.

While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a


Legislative Roundup: 4 Days Remaining In Session

Legislative Roundup
SFNM News:

Search and seizure bill advances: The Senate voted 39-0 Sunday to approve Senate Bill 270, which would allow for the sealing and saving of electronic information not relevant to a criminal investigation just in case that information could come in handy with subsequent investigations into the same issue. The bill also allows for the destruction of such evidence if it is not tied to the parameters of the search warrant of the case. The bill, introduced by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. 



Vendors Cash In At The Roundhouse

Jewelry vendor Daniel Ronquillo, center, with his cart of wares Thursday roaming the halls of the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Photo by Luke E. Montavon/SFNM

The New Mexican

Marian Mendez-Cera traveled to the Roundhouse from Albuquerque to support a proposed bill this week but ended up spending a few bills of her own along the way.

“I came for advocacy, and I’m leaving with earrings,” she said about her unexpected shopping trip.

While most people go to the state Capitol during a session of the Legislature to meet with lawmakers, support or oppose legislation or just to watch democracy


Governor Makes Historic Appointment To Appeals Court

Shammara Haley Henderson


SANTA FE — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Shammara Haley Henderson to fill a vacancy on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Henderson is a former assistant U.S. attorney who has been in private practice in Albuquerque since 2017. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

She is the first African-American to be appointed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals, according to Aja Brooks, president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association.

Henderson also


Bill Protecting Victims Of Human Trafficking Clears House

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


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.



New Mexico State Director For ‘Trump Victory’ To Speak Thursday At Republican Party Of Los Alamos Meeting

‘Trump Victory’ State Director Leslie White

GOP News:

The Republican Party of Los Alamos meets 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 in Room 505 at UNM-LA.

The public is invited to hear from “Trump Victory” State Director Leslie White.

After the talk and a break for refreshments, all registered Republicans are invited to attend the RPLA monthly Central Committee business meeting. A light supper will be provided.

Contact: leadership@losalamosgop.com


New Mexico House Passes ‘Chop Shop’ Bill

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


Extreme-Risk Protection Order Bill Wins Final Approval

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham


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.