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2021 Capitol Report, March 9

INTRO

A CONTROVERSIAL BILL AIMED AT CREATING PAID MANDATORY SICK LEAVE FOR NEW MEXICO’S WORKERS CLEARED THE HOUSE, BUT IT FACES TOUGH HURDLES IN THE SENATE.

KOB 4’S CHRIS RAMIREZ REPORTS FROM THE ROUNDHOUSE.

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THE HEALTHY WORKPLACES ACT NARROWLY PASSED THE HOUSE BY A VOTE OF 36-33.

NOW IT WILL HAVE TO GO THROUGH TWO COMMITTEES IN THE SENATE BEFORE THE FULL SENATE CAN VOTE ON IT.

IF HOUSE BILL 20 BECOMES LAW, WORKERS WOULD EARN ONE HOUR OF PAID SICK LEAVE FOR EVERY HOUR WORKED STARTING IN JULY.

HERE’S THE BILL’S SPONSOR REPRESENTATIVE ANGELICA RUBIO OF LAS CRUCES.

<Rep. Angelica Rubio:

“I come from an immigrant family and the issue of just seeing my own parents having to choose between going to work or staying home because they’re sick is something that I’ve had to experience firsthand.”

THIS BILL FACES OPPOSITION AS IT MOVES THROUGH THE SENATE.

OPPONENTS ARGUE THERE SHOULD BE EXEMPTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, ALREADY STRUGGLING TO PAY THE BILLS BECAUSE OF THE PANDEMIC.

HAPPENING TODAY– A SENATE COMMITTEE WILL BE WORKING ON MERGING TWO BILLS THAT AIM TO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA.

THIS 60 DAY LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS MARCH 20TH.

I’M CHRIS RAMIREZ, KOB 4 FOR THE NEW MEXICO NEWS NETWORK.

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