Bill tracker: A look at area lawmakers’ legislation

The second session of the New Mexico state legislature opened Jan.17.

To date, 15 bills, including two emergency measures, have been introduced by area legislators.

The deadline for filing legislation is Feb.1.

The process of passing a bill

A bill that is introduced in either the house — the Senate or House of Representatives — during the legislative session is assigned to a committee that votes to pass or not pass the bill.

If the bill passes committee, it is sent to the other house for approval. The second house may choose to amend the bill and return it to the first house in a process called concurrence.

When both legislative houses agree upon a final version of the bill, it is enrolled and engrossed, or recorded.

Finally, it is sent to the Governor's desk for approval.

Senate bills introduced:

Clinton D. Harden (R) District 7

SB 55

Jan.13

Assigns the regulatory responsibilities for manufactured housing to the construction industries division of the regulation and licensing department

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

SB 72

Jan.13

Provides for the notification to a law enforcement authority of boating accidents.

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

SB 162

Jan. 23

Increases the maximum case load of probation and parole officers working in intensive supervision programs from 20 to 40 offenders.

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

SM 21

Jan. 23

Declares Jan. 24, 2012 as 4-H Day at the Senate. Status: Passed in the Senate 43-0.

Stuart Ingle (R) District 27

SB 56

Jan. 13

Eliminates distance limits and provides special permits for hay transportation.

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

SB 83

Jan. 19

Requires state agencies to submit five-year facilities master plans.

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

SB 150

Jan. 23

Amends the educational retirement act by changing the cost of living adjustment and age of service requirements.

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

Gay G. Kernan (R) District 42

SB 180

Jan. 24

Increases the prison sentence for a non-capital felony if a person 60 or older is injured.

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

SB 187

Jan. 24

Eliminates the office of the Child Development Board and assigns oversight and funding of preschool programs to the Children Youth and Families Department.

Status: In the Senate Committees Committee.

House bills introduced:

Anna M. Crook (R) District 64

HB 55

Jan.13

An emergency measure that appropriates $1 million dollars from the public project revolving fund to the local government planning fund for the fiscal year 2012.

Status: In the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.

HB 57

Jan.13

Clarifies the Community Development Incentive Act, relating to the sale-leaseback financing of assets for commercial solar electricity generation.

Status: In the House Rules and Order of Business Committee.

George Dodge (D) District 63

No legislation introduced.

Dennis J. Roch (R) District 67

HB 56

Jan.13

Creates the crimes of homicide by boat and great bodily harm by boat, and provides penalties.

Status: In the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.

HB 81

Jan. 18

An emergency measure which appropriates $800,000 from the general fund to ENMU to fund career and technical student programs.

Status: In the House Education Committee.

HB 161(Co-authored with Howie C. Morales)

Jan. 24

Amends the school athletics equity act.

Status: In the House Education Committee.

HB 162

Jan. 24

Creates the Armed Forces Retirement Tax Credit.

Status: In the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.

Bob Wooley (R) District 66

No legislation introduced

Source: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/

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