PASSED: Create the crime of “revenge porn,” the unauthorized distribution of sensitive images; prohibit sale of e-cigarettes to minors; revise law enforcement seizure and forfeiture proceedings; house low-risk prisoners in halfway houses; toughen penalties for sexual exploitation of children; require cellular and pager providers to send text messages when Amber Alerts are sent out in the geographical area; prohibit the alteration of air bags and the sale and installation of counterfeit or nonfunctional air bags; reduce period of supervised probation for good behavior; revise penalties for Liquor Control Act violations at tastings;
allow people with one DWI conviction in another state to get a driver’s license even if they didn’t have an ignition interlock.
FAILED: Require background checks of buyers at gun shows; legalize and regulate marijuana; decriminalize possession of an ounce or less of marijuana and reduce other penalties; require background checks for medical marijuana provider employees; mandatory life sentence after three violent crimes; create crime of DWI with child in vehicle; option to terminate parental rights of rapists; expunge some arrest, conviction records; treat individual child porn images as separate offenses; give police 24 hours to arrest domestic violence offender without warrant; add homeless victims to hate crimes law; toughen the law making it a crime to deal food stamps; restrict use of solitary confinement; bar purchase of alcohol by those with interlock licenses.
PASSED: $6.2 billion budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year funding schools, government; authorize the New Mexico Finance Authority to make loans from the Public Project Revolving Fund for 90 infrastructure projects statewide; increase flow into the Severance Tax Permanent Fund to shore it up; authorize Village of Taos Ski Valley Tax Increment Development District to issue up to $44 million in tax-exempt bonds.
FAILED: $264 million package of public works projects around New Mexico; increase payout from Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood programs.
PASSED: Require written permission from a landowner to wade through non-navigable water on private land; allow the Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp for commercial or research and development purposes; authorize the use of volunteers to work with the Department of Game and Fish; create a Rio Grande Trail Commission to plan and develop a 500-mile-long trail; appropriate $1.8 million to the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund to match federal funds to finance water projects; create a board and a fund for forest and watershed restoration projects; authorize the New Mexico Finance Authority to make loans or grants for 127 projects from the water project fund.
FAILED: Clarify that farm operations are not nuisances; study transfer of federal lands to state management; revise membership and criteria for appointment of Interstate Stream Commission members.
PASSED: Reorganize Department of Public Safety; allow brewers and wineries with restaurant or dispenser licenses to sell wholesale; allow the transfer of liquor licenses out of under-quota local option districts and into over-quota districts; give the Insurance Nominating Committee the authority to set the salary of the insurance superintendent; reduce size of military base planning commission; create a Board of Body Art Practitioners to regulate tattooing; require child-resistant packages for liquid nicotine; lower the maximum speed limit on unposted county roads to 55 mph; allow municipal golf courses, state museums to sell distilled spirits as well as beer, wine; establish a student loan program for eligible social workers at the Children, Youth and Families Department; authorize licensure of barbers after apprenticeships; allow state workers to donate sick, annual leave to colleagues.
FAILED: Ban issuance of driver’s licenses to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally; create two-tier driver’s license system including REAL ID-compliant licenses and allowing immigrants in the country illegally to continue to get licenses; require Department of Public Safety to issue “Brittany Alerts” for missing, endangered developmentally disabled; establish due process protections for Medicaid contractors.
PASSED: Change minimum college credits for elementary, secondary licensure; continue K-3 plus program for certain schools; authorize sale of state property in Santa Fe to the New Mexico School for the Arts; entitle spouses, children of veterans to in-state tuition rates at colleges and universities; prohibit school personnel from requiring students to use psychotropic medication; streamline teacher administrative licensure; create a state board and fund named after Carlos Vigil to help eradicate bullying, give school districts more autonomy over textbooks, educational materials.
FAILED: Hold back third-graders who score poorly on the state reading test and expand intervention for struggling readers; allow experts to teach with adjunct teaching licenses; eliminate requirement for home-schooled students to take test to be eligible for lottery scholarships; repeal A-F school rating system; take driver’s licenses away from habitual truants; require charter school leases at market rates; allow in-state tuition for certain international, out-of-state students; limit standardized testing; delay use of standardized test scores in teacher evaluations and A-F school grades for two years.
PASSED: Expand Local Economic Development Act fund from $15 million to $37 million; allow film companies to assign their tax credits to banks to back loans; allow gas, electric utilities to offer economic development rates; make permanent a 2013 law saying airline employees who voluntarily trade shifts aren’t paid overtime; allow registered agents representing multiple corporate entities to pay one fee to update addresses.
FAILED: Raise the hourly minimum wage; ban nonunion workers from having to pay union fees as a condition of employment; prohibit public payroll deductions for union dues; eliminate the prevailing wage requirement for public works projects; cap loan interest rates at 36 percent; reduce unemployment benefits; limit local government authority over oil, gas industry; outlaw discrimination based on pregnancy or childbirth; regulate ride-sharing services; allow auditor to designate Historically Underutilized Businesses for state contracts; further reduce workers’ compensation benefits to intoxicated or impaired workers.
PASSED: Require secretary of state to allow online voter registration.
FAILED: Eliminate caps on campaign contributions; require photo voter ID; schedule school district, school bond, conservancy district, other elections in November of odd-numbered years; hold municipal elections with general elections; allow voter registration with health insurance exchange enrollment; allow some 17-year-olds to vote in primaries; increase voting convenience centers; require physical, not just verbal, identification for in-person voting; require broader disclosure of independent expenditures in campaigns.
PASSED: Have hospitals’ cost, quality information posted on a public website; restrict enforceability of noncompete clauses for some health practitioners; establish a statewide vaccine purchasing program through the Department of Health; limit liability for those using defibrillators; require health insurance plans to cover prescriptions for less than a 30-day supply of a medication to synchronize prescriptions; require quicker credentialing of doctors to speed up reimbursement; give optometrists increased authority to prescribe drugs; expand eligibility to use nurse educator fund for obtaining advanced degrees; require HSD to provide Medicaid to former foster care recipients until age 26 even if foster care was provided in another state.
FAILED: Ban late-term abortions; require parental notification when minors seek abortions; license and regulate dental therapists; create community health fund to study uranium mining impacts on health; authorize judges to order mentally ill people who meet certain criteria into Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs; create Medical Cannabis Research Board and Fund; establish community engagement teams to link mentally ill people with voluntary services; require insurance plans to cover services for brain injury patients; ensure access to women’s health services.
PASSED: Authorize counties, municipalities to impose 2-cents-a-gallon gasoline and special fuels tax; expand productions eligible for film tax credits and encourage local hiring; allow delinquent payers of property tax to pay county treasurers rather than the state; allow property tax notices to be sent by email; allow disabled veterans to transfer their property tax exemption if they move during the tax year; expand solar power tax credit to include leasing solar system; enact gross receipts tax break for receipts from out-of-state athletic, entertainment events; allow taxpayers to direct refunds to senior services.
FAILED: Impose 2 percent flat tax, eliminating existing exemptions and deductions; increase gasoline and diesel taxes 5 cents a gallon for road fund; provide income tax break for military retirees, spouses; enact tax package including expanded credits for investors and technology jobs creators, and tax deductions for sales to U.S. Department of Defense; provide income tax break for military retirees, spouses; give tax credit for electric vehicles.
PASSED: Approve new, 22-year gambling compacts with Indian tribes; require Racing Commission to follow certain guidelines for testing racehorse specimens.
FAILED: Allow racetracks to expand comps to customers; cap Indian gambling compact revenue sharing; award lottery scholarships for the full amount of tuition; deposit unclaimed lottery prizes into tuition fund; allow lottery ticket purchase with debit card, eliminate requirement 30 percent of gross revenue go towards tuition, and allow lottery authority to do 10-year contracts for printing and gambling systems.
PASSED: Expand Fraud Against Taxpayers Act to local governments, charter schools to encourage whistleblowers; require more lobbyist information to be posted and readily retrievable from secretary of state website; post state contracts on Sunshine Portal; bar statements firefighters give their employers under threat of dismissal from being released except by court order.
FAILED: Require two-year cooling-off period before ex-legislators can lobby; create a state ethics commission; require public body to allow public comment at meetings.
PASSED: Senate confirms cabinet-level secretaries: Gino Rinaldi, Aging and Long-Term Services; Monique Jacobson, Children, Youth and Families; Gregg Marcantel, Corrections; Veronica Gonzales, Cultural Affairs; Jon Barela, Economic Development; Ryan Flynn, Environment; Tom Clifford, Finance and Administration; Ed Burckle, General Services; Retta Ward, Health; Barbara Damron, Higher Education; Jay Mitchell, Homeland Security; Brent Earnest, Human Services; Kelly Zunie, Indian Affairs; Darryl Ackley, Information Technology; Hanna Skandera, Public Education; Greg Fouratt, Public Safety Tom Blaine, State Engineer; Demesia Padilla, Taxation and Revenue; Rebecca Latham, Tourism; Tom Church, Transportation; Jack Fox, Veterans Services; Celina Bussey, Workforce Solutions.
FAILED: Matt Chandler, University of New Mexico Board of Regents.
PASSED: Allow delivery of beer, wine with food to homes, hotels; add tilapia to the species regulated by the State Game Commission; prohibit a homeowners’ association from adopting rules for flag-flying stricter than local, state or federal laws;
FAILED: Ban coyote-killing contests; remove cougars from Game and Fish Department oversight; prohibit horse slaughter, monitor horses at border; ban traps and poisons on public lands; limit further bonding for Spaceport; sell the Spaceport; require the Animal Sheltering Board to develop a statewide spay and neuter program; stay on Mountain Daylight Time year-round.