Legislative Update: Money, Sex And Guns

Feb 6, 2015

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Gwyneth Doland chatted with Chris Boros about happenings at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe this week. It's part of our People, Power and Democracy project, a reporting partnership between KUNM, New Mexico In Depth and New Mexico PBS. 

  • Lawmakers in Santa Fe tabled a bill this week that would have capped interest rates on so-called storefront loans at 36 percent. The bill had been endorsed by a bipartisan panel of senators and representatives but it was rejected by Republicans on a party-line vote.
  • A House committee killed a bill that would legalize recreational marijuana. It's not politically popular right now, everybody is just waiting to see what happens in other states. 
  • New Mexico's abortion laws are more liberal than state lawmakers. A bill that would prohibit abortion after 5 months of pregnancy that includes exceptions for rape, incest and sexual abuse has bipartisan support. A second bill would require teens to notify their parents before getting an abortion. 
  • There's a hearing scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2p at the Roundhouse for a bill that would require background checks at gun shows. 

This story is part of a reporting partnership between New Mexico In Depth, KUNM and NMPBS, People, Power and Democracy, that attempts to pull back the curtain on how the New Mexico Legislature works and, in some cases, doesn’t. It's funded by the Thornburg Foundation and the Loeks Family Fund.