SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Saturday, February 18, legislators will tackle a few more bills. On the schedule are a bill to help bring cleaner trucks to New Mexico’s roads and a bill to help domestic violence victims.
Electric truck fleets
Today, the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee will consider a bill to help put cleaner trucks on New Mexico’s roads. House bill 422, sponsored by Rep. Pamelya Herndon (D-Abq.), would require the state’s Department of Environment to incentivize the use of electric trucks in New Mexico.
The bill would put over $4 million towards a program to help move New Mexico towards cleaner trucking and transportation. Funds would be used to create rebates for the purchase of zero-emissions trucks and busses.
The bill would compliment other legislative pushes to electrify vehicles. Earlier, legislators debated a bill to provide tax credits for New Mexicans who purchase eligible electric vehicles.
Funds for domestic violence survivors
Legislators will also debate a bill to help victims of domestic violence. Senate Bill 61, sponsored by Sen. Bill Tallman (D-Abq.), would distribute some funds collected via alcohol taxes to help domestic violence survivors.
The bill would use funds to “contract with organizations to provide assistance services to victims of domestic violence and their family members, including pets.” The bill would also adjust some of the tax rates the state places on alcohol wholesalers.
In case you missed it: Free-roaming horses
Legislators recently debated a bill to address the issue of free-roaming horses in the state. According to locals, wild horses near Portales are causing problem, so legislators proposed a solution.
The idea is to have a “free-roaming horse expert” who would help landowners control horse populations. The bill faced some opposition but ultimately moved forward. For more info on what the bill would do, check out this KRQE News 13 story.