Legislative Briefing: Anti-life bills clear House, anti-gun bill passes committee, Saturday bill hearings

Friday was an incredibly busy day in the New Mexico Legislature, with a slew of extreme bills advancing toward the governor’s desk and out of committee. Here are some key bills that advanced yesterday: 

S.B.10, the Democrats’ abortion up-to-birth and infanticide bill criminalizing medical professionals with conscience objections to abortion and stripping all protections for women passed the House on a vote of 40-30 with ex-GOP Rep. Phelps Anderson voting with Democrats on the bill. Six Democrats rejected the extreme bill. The bill now goes to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s desk to be signed into law.

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H.B. 47, a bill to legalize assisted suicide in New Mexico, cleared its final hurdle in the House of Representatives after many heartfelt stories and testimony from the members. The anti-life bill passed on a vote of 39-27 with six Democrats voting with pro-life Republicans and extremely moderate Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Valencia) voting with the Democrats to pass the bill. 

Fajardo constantly votes with the Democrats on extreme bills, including anti-business tax hikes, minimum wage hikes, the Governor’s “mini” Green New Deal, among a slew of other bills that are a slap in the face to Republicans. It is unclear if she will run for re-election given her abysmal record and her eligibility for the state’s pension given to legislators. 

S.B. 224, an anti-gun bill that makes strict demands regarding gun storage sponsored by Sen. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez cleared its first hurdle in the Senate Health and Public Affairs Committee passing with a vote of 4-2 with two members excused. There were no proposed amendments adopted in the committee. The bill’s next step is Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D-Doña Ana). 

HAPPENING TODAY: 

H.B. 205, an extreme taxation bill sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Doña Ana) and Rep. Liz Thomson (D-Bernalillo) will be heard at 9:00 a.m. in the House Health and Human Services Committee relating to banning flavored tobacco in New Mexico. The bill infringes on individual liberty. If you wish to testify, please follow this link at 9:00 a.m. : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89853256841 

S.B. 168, a bill taxing gasoline $.05 per gallon sponsored by Sen. Bobby Gonzales (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) is being heard at 9:00 a.m. in the Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee. The bill will hurt the poor by adding an extraa tax on gasoline. You can watch the hearing under “Senate Tax, Business and Transportation” here. Members in this committee can be found here.  

S.B. 197, a bill from Sen. Linda Lipez (D-Bernalillo) increasing taxes on cigarettes 320% is also set to be heard in the Senate Tax, Business, and Transportation Committee, possibly Saturday. The bill would be excessively punitive to smokers, hiking the price of cigarettes to extreme highs. You can watch the hearing under “Senate Tax, Business and Transportation” here. Members in this committee can be found here.  

Many bills will be heard on Monday, which the Piñon Post will alert you about with a ful schedule.

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