Committees will hear a mixed bag of legislation today

After starting off on the right foot by passing HB 177, legislative committees have more work to do this afternoon. The Senate Finance Committee has plenty on its plate, with the excellent SB 234 and the bad SB 130 on the schedule. Rolled over from a previous meeting, SB 234 would allow home schooled students access to the legislature’s lottery scholarship. SB 130 requires the state government’s vehicle fleet to be 75% electric by 2030. Although it has not yet been scheduled for a hearing, keep an eye on this committee for the terrible SB 11, the Clean Fuel Standards Act. The Senate Finance Committee will meet beginning at 1 this afternoon or half an hour after the floor session.

The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee will hear the misguided HB 352, a moratorium on contractor-operated prisons. This bill would devastate several local economies and ignore the good that these systems have done for New Mexico communities. This meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 today.

The Rio Grande Foundation has submitted testimony in favor of SB 234 and in opposition to SB 130, SB 11, and HB 352.

House committee to hear homemade food bill

In a meeting scheduled for 8:30 this morning, the House Agriculture and Water Resources Committee will hear HB 177, the Homemade Food Act. This bill would bring New Mexico in line with 49 other states in allowing homemade food to be sold outside of farmers markets and roadside stands. It would also make the permitting procedure far less burdensome and expensive. There are no food safety concerns with this bill, and it would allow a long-prohibited economic lifeline that has become especially important in the current economic downturn.

You can watch the committee webcast here, or join the Zoom meeting for public comment here.

The Rio Grande Foundation submitted testimony in favor of HB 177.

Senate Finance Committee scheduled to hear pro-homeschooling bill today

In a meeting scheduled for 1:30 or after the Senate floor session this afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee will hear a great bill from Senator Pirtle. SB 234 would allow home school students to access the legislative scholarship lottery on par with students in public and private schools.

You can watch the meeting webcast here.

The Rio Grande Foundation submitted testimony in favor of SB 234.

House committee to hear another bad bill and a good bill tomorrow

In a meeting beginning tomorrow morning at 8 A.M., the House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee will hear one good idea and another bad bill. HJR 6, the Termination of Emergency Declarations resolution, would limit the amount of time the governor could keep the state under an emergency declaration without legislative approval. This great piece of bipartisan legislation has already passed its first committee. The same committee will also consider HB 154, the Prescription Drug Affordability Act. Unfortunately, the bill proposes to create a new bureaucracy to review and cap drug prices, which is

You can find the webcast here, or join the Zoom meeting for public comment here.

The Rio Grande Foundation has submitted testimony in favor of HJR 6, and in opposition to HB 154.

Lots of bad bills scheduled for committee hearings today

This afternoon, several legislative committees will hear bills harmful to our state’s economy. In a meeting starting at 1:30, the House Appropriations and Finance Committee will hear HB 38, a paid sick leave mandate; HB 122, an added tax on top of health insurance premiums; and HB 236, a proposal to create a state-run bank. Also meeting at 1:30, the Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee will hear SB 89, which would create a new top income tax bracket. Meeting at 2, the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, will consider HB 297. This bill, the Workforce and Economic Prosperity Act, proposes to create a new bureaucracy to direct and manage the transition to a “clean energy economy.”

You can find the committee hearing webcasts here. If you would like to give public comment on any of the House bills, the Zoom meeting for the House Appropriations and Finance Committee is here, and the meeting for the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee is here.

The Rio Grande Foundation submitted testimony in opposition to HB 38, HB 122, HB 236, HB 297, and SB 89.

House committee will hear bill to create new economic bureaucracy

Tomorrow afternoon, the House Labor, Veterans’, and Military Affairs Committee will hear HB 237, the Workforce and Economic Prosperity Act. Contrary to its title, this bill would greatly hinder the advancement of prosperity. By creating a new bureaucracy to direct and manage the economy in favor of the clean energy sector, HB 237 would harm our economy’s growth and recovery from the Covid-19 downturn.

The committee meeting starts at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon, and you can watch the webcast here or join the Zoom meeting for public comment here.

The Rio Grande Foundation submitted testimony in opposition to HB 237.

House committees to hear one good bill and two bad bills today

House committees will hear three important bills this afternoon: HB 40, HB 102, HB 134. The House Appropriations and Finance Committee will hear HB 40, a moratorium on private prisons. If passed, this bad idea would cripple several local economies in New Mexico.  In addition, that same committee will hear HB 102, and anti-gun bill. The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will consider HB 134, the Family-Friendly Workplaces Incentive Program. This bill would help subsidize employers’ provision of programs deemed to be family-friendly.

Both committee meetings are scheduled to begin at 1:30 this afternoon. You can watch the webcasts here. If you would like to give public comment on either bill, you can access the Zoom meeting for HB 40 and 102 here and for HB 134 here.

The Rio Grande Foundation has submitted testimony in opposition to HB 40, in favor of HB 134, and will speak in opposition to HB 102.

The Rio Grande Foundation works to keep government accountable

Government transparency is an essential part of holding public servants accountable. To that end, the Rio Grande Foundation has submitted Inspection of Public Records Act requests to hundreds of public bodies in New Mexico over the past several months. We have collected 2020 payroll records from colleges, counties, school districts, and municipalities across the state. More records will be added as they become available.

 

Legislative committees hear lots of bad ideas this afternoon

In meetings scheduled to start at 1:30 this afternoon, several legislative committees will hear bad bills. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear SB 66, which caps interest rates for small installment loans at 36%. This cap would force loan providers to be much more selective with whom they serve, meaning that those who most need this type of loan would likely not be able to access them. The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hear HB 110, which would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15. The House Judiciary Committee will hear HB 20, a paid sick leave mandate; HB 166, which prohibits home assembly of firearms; and HB 193, an update to the state’s red flag law.

All webcasts can be accessed here. You can join the Zoom meeting for public comment for the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee here and for the House Judiciary Committee here.

The Rio Grande Foundation submitted testimony in opposition to SB 66, HB 110, and HB 20 and will speak in opposition to HB 166 and HB 193.

More bad bills coming in the next few days

The bad ideas keep coming, and we keep fighting them! Tomorrow, the Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee will hear the gas tax hike bill we have written about before, SB 168. On Monday, the House State Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee will hear HB 9, the Climate Solutions Act. Also on Monday, the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hear a minimum wage increase bill, HB 110.

You can access all the webcasts here. If you would like to give public comment, you can join the Zoom meeting for HB 9 at 8 A.M. Monday morning here. The Commerce and Economic Development Committee starts at 1:30 P.M. on Monday, and you can join the Zoom meeting here. If you would like to give public comment on SB 168, follow the instructions here before 5 P.M. on Friday evening.

The Rio Grande Foundation submitted testimony in opposition to SB 168, HB 9, and HB 110.