When it comes to enacting legislation, forward movement is essential. The following is an
interim report on bills the New Mexico Watchman has been following;
HB 89: Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act
Five bills related to marijuana have been submitted this year. The bill that would legalize recreational marijuana received a lively debate last Saturday, February 5, 2017. Rep. Bill McCamley (D-Mesilla Park) touted a wonderful prosperity with an estimated $400 million coming into the state as a result of a stoned populace. The $65 million state budgetary deficit would be eliminated and 11,000 jobs would be created. Representative McCamley compared the debilitating effects of alcohol to the mellowing effects of cannabis. A rally in support of HB 89 at the Roundhouse drew very few supporters last week, maybe for the same reason.
During the Public Comment opposition was voiced regarding public safety, enforcement issues and the effects of an intoxicated populace including our youth, despite the 21 year old age requirement for purchasing. The bill was moved forward by the House Consumer and Public Affairs committee with a “No Recommendation.”
HB 171: End of Life Options Act
The House Health and Human Services Committee heard the “End of Life Options Bill” also being carried by Representatives McCamely and Debra Armstrong. The bill would allow a health care provider with any credential to prescribe lethal drugs to a dying patient.
Among others, the room was filled with New Mexico Highland University Social Work undergraduate students brought to the meeting by their professor, Dolores Ortega.
Many stories of suffering loved ones were expressed by the crowd of approximately 150. A small group of eight in opposition to the bill raised questions of ethics, credentials and accountability that are absent in the proposed law. The committee approved the legislation which now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.
HB 37: Born Alive Infant Protection Act
A press conference was held yesterday, Monday, February 8, 2017 at the Roundhouse exposing the deceptive practices and fallacious relationship of University of New Mexico and Southwest Women’s Options regarding among other things, the failure to received consent from mothers and the selling and utilization of baby body parts by the University. HB 37 Born Alive Infant Protection Act would require medical care for those infants surviving a failed abortion.
The bill has been sent to the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee but no hearing has been scheduled.
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