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.