Last updated 03.20.13
APV's 2013 New Mexico State Legislative Agenda
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The New Mexico legislature completed its 2013 60-day "long session" on March 16th, with nearly 1400 bills introduced and about 350 passing. See below for a list of results relating to animals:
APV Priority Legislation
Senator George Muñoz's bill to create a tax check off to fund licensed horse rescues in New Mexico passed the Senate 38-3 and the House 62-0. See how your legislators voted.
Senator Carlos Cisneros combined several bills together into this omnibus bill that extends the "sunset date" or the operations for multiple boards and commissions, including the Animal Sheltering Board. The bill passed the Senate 42-0 and passed the House 63-4 and allows the Animal Sheltering Board to continue its task regarding humane euthanasia, shelter standards, and statewide spay neuter planning and implementation.
Sponsored by Chairman Richard Martinez (D-Española) and Representative Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), these bills would better protect animals across the state from extreme neglect and keep our communities safe. The Senate majority leader would not hear the bills on the Senate floor and the bills died. Here's how your legislators voted:
- SB83 Senate Public Affairs committee vote (unanimous)
- SB83 Senate Judiciary committee vote (unanimous from all members present)
- HB224 House Consumer and Public Affairs committee vote (unanimous)
- HB224 House Judiciary committee vote (11-5)
- HB224 House Floor vote (34-29)
Sponsored by Representative Nate Cote (D-Dona Ana & Otero), this bill would make it unlawful for any person to organize, sponsor, or participate in coyote-killing contests. After a highly publicized November 2012 coyote-killing contest sparked a public outcry, it has become apparent that the majority of New Mexicans do not approve of senseless and unnecessary killing being made into a competition. House Bill 316 was passed 9-6 by the House Judiciary committee and then died on the House floor in a 30-38 vote. [See how your State Representative voted.]
Read testimonials from New Mexicans against coyote killing contests
Sponsored by Rep. Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos), this bill would prohibit, with some limited exceptions, cruel body-gripping traps and poisons that threaten public safety, cause unacceptable pain and suffering to wild and domestic animals, and violate the public's ability to safely recreate in our state. House Bill 579 was given three hearings by the House Energy and Natural Resources committee and was tabled on a 6-5 vote.
- House Joint Memorial 16 - Rep Paul Bandy - Study Feasibility of Horse Slaughter - killed on House Floor. See how your Representative voted.
- House Bill 61 - Rep Yvette Herrell - Game & Fish Special Event Permits - amended to address APV concerns, passed March 13th.
- House Bill 90 - Rep Paul Bandy - Horse Slaughter Facility Study - died in House committee.
- House Bill 258 - Rep Terry McMillan - Liability for Dog Bites & Charges for Owners - APV worked with sponsor to address concerns and sponsor pulled the bill, APV will continue to work with sponsor in interim.
- Senate Bill 194 - Sen Phil Griego - No Agriculture as a Nuisance - died on Senate calendar.
- Senate Bill 552 - Sen Cliff Pirtle - Livestock Operation Interference Act - died in Senate committee.
- House Bill 11 - Rep Lucky Varela - lobbied for funding for the Animal Sheltering Board and investigations/training within the New Mexico Livestock Board, incorporated into budget.
- House Bill 55 - Rep Alonzo Baldonado - Hunting & Fishing Infraction Penalties - died on Senate calendar.
- House Bill 63 - Rep Yvette Herrell - No Breed-Specific Local Gov't Dog Regulations - died in Senate committee.
- House Bill 152 - Rep Don Tripp - Protective Vests for Police Dogs - Senate version passed, see below.
- House Bill 476 - Rep Nick Salazar - Horse Rescue Programs - incorporated into budget.
- House Bill 496 - Rep Yvette Herrell - Animal Sheltering Board Sunset Date - incorporated into SB163.
- House Memorial 1 - Rep Mimi Stewart - Wildlife-Vehicle Collision Study - PASSED.
- House Memorial 46 - Rep Tim Lewis - Create Domestic Animal Abuse Database - PASSED AND SIGNED.
- House Memorial 90 - Rep Jeff Steinborn - LFC Evaluation of Game & Fish Dept - died on House calendar.
- House Memorial 91 - Rep Jeff Steinborn - Game & Fish Dept & Endangered Species - died on House calendar.
- Senate Bill 72 - Sen Mary Kay Papen - Racehorse Testing Standards - PASSED.
- Senate Bill 139 - Sen Mark Moores - Disposition of State-Owned Animals - PASSED AND SIGNED.
- Senate Bill 141 - Sen Howie Morales - Protective Vests for Police Dogs - PASSED AND SIGNED.
- Senate Bill 155 - Sen Jacob Candelaria - Expand Animal Cruelty Definitions - died in Senate committee.
- Senate Bill 292 - Sen George Muñoz - Denial or Revocation of Horse Racing License - died in Senate committee.
- Senate Bill 320 - Sen Nancy Rodriguez - Assistance Animal Act Changes - PASSED AND SIGNED.
- Senate Bill 389 - Sen Pete Campos - Horse Rescue Programs - incorporated into budget.
- Senate Bill 459 - Sen Bill O'Neill - Animal Cruelty Law Training - died in Senate committee.
- Senate Bill 473 - Sen Linda Lopez - Orders of Domestic Protection - died in Senate committee.
- Senate Memorial 11 - Sen Howie Morales - Reduce Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions - PASSED AND SIGNED.
- Senate Memorial 78 - Sen Jacob Candelaria - Bernalillo Animal Abuse Case Court - died in Senate committee.