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2024 Capitol Report – January 18

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Even in a short 30-day session, Public Safety will be a priority for the 2024 Legislature.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse:

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This is Jason Espinoza with today’s capitol report.

Ahead of the 2024 Legislative Session which officially started on Tuesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, a second term Democrat, along Democratic Legislators unveiled their public safety legislative agenda for the 30-day session.

30-day legislative sessions, which occur in even numbered years, are limited to budget-related items, and policy topics selected by the Governor. The public safety agenda outlined twenty-one pieces of legislation that would receive a message from the Governor so that they can be considered by the Legislature.

Several of the Governor’s initiatives include:

  • The Firearm Industry Accountability Act, which amends state statute to allow gun manufacturers to be held liable for deceptive trade practices.
  • An assault weapons ban
  • Raising the age to purchase automatic firearms to 21 from the current minimum age of 18.
  • Prohibiting guns in polling places, which would make it illegal to carry firearms within 100 feet of a polling place during an election
  • A panhandling ban to prohibit unlawful use of public spaces, streets, sidewalks, and curbs.
  • Data sharing requirements for law enforcement agencies to ensure the regular reporting of crime from law enforcement agencies to the state
  • Senate Craig Brand, the Senate Republican Whip, released a suite of bills aimed at tackling crime in New Mexico on the same day. According to Senate Brandt his package was a two-pronged approach of targeting criminals and supporting law enforcement.

For the New Mexico New Network, I’m Jason Espinoza

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