A far-left bill that has grabbed the attention of many in New Mexico is H.B. 140, sponsored by state Reps. Karen Bash (D-Bernalillo) and Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe). The bill would eliminate minimum sentences for multiple offenders, including child rapists, poachers, violent felons, violent sexual felons, restraining order violators, and habitual offenders.
Democrat Speaker of the House Brian Egold argued that the bill, which would strip away protections for heinous crimes such as child rape, would merely “restore discretion to judges.”
The fiscal impact report on H.B. 140 paints a different picture, with the report clearly stating that the bill “eliminates the mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three years for second-degree felony criminal sexual contact of a minor” and “eliminates the mandatory term of imprisonment of three years for the second degree felony of criminal sexual penetration where the victim is between the ages of 13 and 18.”
With the gaping holes in the bills that could allow child rapists and violent sexual predators back on the streets, many in the public are speaking out about the contents of the bill.
The Republican Party of New Mexico posted on their Facebook page, “It’s immoral, unthinkable that a legislator would want pedophiles to walk our streets after raping our innocent children. This is despicable and Bash is not worthy of serving the public.”
“Remember Victoria Martens? Her own mother allowed men to sexually abuse her and Victoria was later raped, murdered and dismembered. Now Rep. Bash wants to side with these sex monsters.”
The bill, which would reward sexual criminals and pedophiles, while ignoring the victims is just the latest move by Democrats to loosen laws in New Mexico protecting vulnerable communities in the name of “social justice.”
H.B. 140 was scheduled to be heard on Tuesday in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, however, it has been rolled back to Thursday, after around 100 people on the Tuesday “virtual” committee hearing waited through a three-hour-long meeting, which did not consider the bill.
Please reach out to the below legislators in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee to ask them to vote against the bill, which would put victims in danger and reward child rapists and pedophiles. Please also reach out to the bill’s sponsors, Reps. Andrea Romero and tell them to withdraw the bill:
Chairwoman Rep. Liz Thomson (D-Bernalillo): email@example.com | (505) 986-4415
Vice-Chair/ H.B. 140 SPONSOR Rep. Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe): firstname.lastname@example.org | (505) 986-4243
Rep. Brittney Barreras (D-Bernalillo): BRITTNEYFORNEWMEXICO@GMAIL.COM | (505) 986-4248
Rep. Stefani Lord (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval & Santa Fe): email@example.com | (505) 986-4453
Rep. Randall T. Pettigrew (R-Lea): firstname.lastname@example.org | (505) 986-4467
H.B. 140 SPONSOR: Rep. Karen Bash (D-Bernalillo) email@example.com | (505) 986-4236