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2021 Capitol Report, March 15

INTRO

JUST FIVE DAYS LEFT TO GO IN THE 60-DAY LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

IT ENDS SATURDAY AT NOON.

HERE’S KOB 4’S KAI PORTER – WITH THE LATEST BILLS MOVING FORWARD AT THE ROUNDHOUSE.

RUNS:      1:26                       OUT: STANDARD

AS STATE LAWMAKERS ENTER THE FINAL FIVE DAYS OF THE SESSION – THE FATE OF SEVERAL HIGH-PROFILE BILLS IS UP IN THE AIR.

TWO BILLS THAT WOULD LEGALIZE, REGULATE, AND TAX MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE BY ADULTS 21 AND UP ARE SET TO BE HEARD IN THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TODAY.

HOUSE BILL 12 AND SENATE BILL 288.

THE HOUSE BILL HAS THE BEST CHANGE OF REACHING THE GOVERNOR’S DESK.

IF IT PASSES THIS COMMITTEE IT WILL HEAD TO THE SENATE FLOOR FOR APPROVAL.

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME STARTED SUNDAY…

AND A BILL THAT WOULD MAKE IT PERMANENT IS SCHEDULED FOR ITS FINAL SENATE COMMITTEE TODAY.

SENATE BILL 102 IS SET TO BE HEARD IN THE HOUSE COMMERCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

IT WOULD KEEP NEW MEXICO ON DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME YEAR ROUND… IF AND WHEN FEDERAL LEGISLATION WOULD ALLOW STATES TO MAKE SUCH A LAW.

THE PAID SICK LEAVE BILL – HOUSE BILL 20 – IS ADVANCING TO THE SENATE FLOOR.
IT WOULD GIVE WORKERS IN OUR STATE THE RIGHT TO PAID SICK LEAVE.
THEY COULD EARN AN HOUR OF TIME OFF FOR EVERY 30 HOURS WORKED.
OPPONENTS SAY IT’S TOO TOUGH A MEASURE TO PASS WHEN BUSINESSES ARE ALREADY STRUGGLING.

AND A BILL IS ON ITS WAY TO THE GOVERNOR THAT INCREASES THE MINIMUM WAGE FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.
RIGHT NOW THEY CAN BE PAYED $2 LESS THAN THE STANDARD MINIMUM WAGE, BUT THE BILL WOULD DO AWAY WITH THAT RULE — SO THEY GO UP TO $10.50 AN HOUR.

I’M KAI PORTER, KOB 4 FOR THE NEW MEXICO NEWS NETWORK.

 

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