Day 52, Thursday, March 9, 2023

When presenting a bill, especially a bill that’s going to cost the government $1.2 million, it’s helpful to throw in some statistics.  HB 134 will require every public school to stock free menstrual products.  Proponents of the bill came up with a BMC Public Health study that found 20% of students have difficulty affording menstrual products.  That number increases to 25% for Hispanic students according to the open-source publication.   The bill, devised by 3 Albuquerque teens, received a “Do Pass” from the Senate Education Committee.

HB 4 Voting Rights Protection was passed by the House and is on its way to the Senate.  Proponents of the bill described a weeping felon who was brought to tears as the result of being disallowed the chance to vote.  In a strategic move, allowing 16-year-olds to vote that was part of last year’s Voting Rights bill was presented as a separate bill and did not survive its first committee hearing.

As we approached the final day, may the lawmakers choose wisely what legislation to advance and what to remain unfinished.

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