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2021 Capitol Report, March 10

INTRO

LIQUOR AND RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA ARE BIG TOPICS IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS WEEK.

KOB 4’S CHRIS RAMIREZ REPORTS ON THE IDEAS IN THE ROUNDHOUSE.

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GOVERNOR MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM SIGNED SENATE BILL 2 INTO LAW.
THIS MEASURE WAIVES ANNUAL LQUOR LICENSE FEES FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY HIT HARD BY THE PANDEMIC.
IT’S ESTIMATED THE WAIVERS WILL SAVE BUSINESSES ACROSS NEW MEXICO ABOUT 3.5 MILLION DOLLARS.
THIS BILL IS ONE OF SEVERAL ALREADY SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR AIMED AT HELPING THE SMALL BUSINESS SECTOR.

ALSO ON THE GOVERNOR’S DESK RIGHT NOW- A BILL MAKING BIG CHANGES TO NEW MEXICO’S LIQUOR LAWS.
IF SIGNED, NEW LIQUOR LAWS IN NEW MEXICO WOULD ALLOW PACKAGE STORES TO APPLY FOR PERMITS TO DELIVER ALCOHOL TO CUSTOMERS’ HOMES.
IT WOULD CREATE A NEW LICENSE TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR RESTAURANTS TO SELL LIQUOR, NOT JUST BEER AND WINE.
IT WOULD BAN 3-OUNCE MINIATURES FOR OFF-SITE CONSUMPTION AND PROHIBIT HARD LIQUOR SALES AT CONVENIENCE STORES IN MCKINLEY COUNTY.

AND LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA TOOK A GIANT STEP FORWARD.
A SENATE COMMITTEE PASSED TWO BILLS THAT ESSENTIALLY SET UP THE INDUSTRY IN NEW MEXICO.
BUT IT’S NOT A DONE DEAL YET.
THESE BILLS MUST GO THROUGH SENATE JUDICIARY– A COMMITTEE THAT HAS KILLED THE IDEA OF LEGALIZING RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN YEARS’ PAST.
THIS BILL AND ALL OTHERS ARE IN A RACE TO BEAT THE CLOCK.  THIS LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS IN A WEEK AND A HALF.
I’M CHRIS RAMIREZ, KOB 4 FOR THE NEW MEXICO NEWS NETWORK.

 

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