New Mexico’s liquor laws are about to receive a shake up with the passage of HB 255. After multiple amendments and debate the Senate approved the bill that would allow for the delivery of alcohol and make other significant changes to the NM liquor license rules. Two of the more contentious sections of the bill restricts the sale of “minis” (liquor sold in containers smaller than three ounces), and would specifically allow McKinley County to ban liquor sales at gas stations and convenience stores. The bill is awaiting the Governor’s signature. Click HERE to read more.
After beginning the session with 4 recreational marijuana bills, legislators have pared it down to a final two dueling bills. HB 12 and SB 288 both have similar provisions but HB 12, sponsored by Democratic Senator Martinez has garnered less support from Republican Senators. However, Martinez’s bill only needs to be heard by the Senate Judiciary Committee and full Senate before it can be passed. Click HERE to read more.
The controversial independent redistricting commission plan is moving quickly through the Senate. SB 15 passed the senate with a 39-0 vote and would would create a seven-member panel to come up with a redistricting plan for the Legislature to approve by the end of the year. House Speaker Egolf said he would not support an independent redistricting commission, suggesting efforts to move any such bills through the House would face a challenge. But Speaker Egolf has since changed his mind and signed onto the bill. Click HERE to read more.