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New Mexico House GOP calls for special session to address public emergency of violent crime

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Commentary: The House Republican Leadership team today called on the Governor to convene an immediate Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature to address the escalating and already out of control crime problems plaguing Albuquerque and the rest of the state.  Republican leadership told the Governor that the runaway crime problem has become a public emergency as the crime rate continues to rapidly increase and has become progressively worse day by day.  

“We clearly have a unique opportunity to finally take the necessary steps to stop the growing number of violent and non-violent crimes across our state, and we stand ready to go to work immediately to get the job done,” wrote House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia), House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington), and House Republican Caucus Chair Rebecca Dow (T or C).  

In a letter to Lujan Grisham, House Republican leadership pushed for immediate and decisive action rather than delaying any anti-crime legislation for five months until January 2022 when the next regular legislative session is scheduled to meet.  The letter also made it clear that House Republicans were willing to work with the governor in order to show all New Mexicans that criminals will be held accountable for harming our citizens and threatening our safety.  

Below is a list of the 11 bills sponsored by House Republicans over the past two legislative sessions:

2021 Session

HB 58      Additional Violent Felonies

HB 59      Habitual Felony Offender Consideration

HB 62      Prosecution Time Limit for Certain Felonies

HB 80      Pretrial Detention Rebuttable Presumption

HB 81      Unlawful Weapons While Trafficking

2020 Session

HB 32     Pretrial Bond Hearing

HB 33     3 Strikes Equal Life Sentence

HB 35     Enhanced Penalty for Firearm Used in Crime

HB 36     No Statute of limitation on 2nd Degree Murder

HB 114   Firearms and Controlled Substance Penalty 

HB 203   Pretrial Release Hearing Changes