SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s the final day of the 2021 Legislative Session. Lawmakers this session focused on pandemic relief bills, paid sick leave, abortion, and marijuana. House Bill 12, or the Cannabis Regulation Act, was not heard on Saturday, as it stalled in the Senate.
These are the bills that passed on Saturday:
House Bill 20 – Healthy Workplaces Act (Passed Mar. 20)
Under House Bill 20, the state would require businesses to provide sick leave for their employees. The bill states the longer the employee has been with the company, the more time off they will accrue. On Saturday, the House concurred with the Senate’s amendments to the bill.
These are the bills that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed so far:
Senate Bill 35 – Minimum Wage For Secondary School Students (Signed Mar. 18)
Under Senate Bill 35, all high school-aged workers would make the state’s $10.50 an hour minimum wage instead of their current $8.50 an hour. Many argued it was unfair to pay kids less for the same work.
House Bill 57 – Prescribed Burning Act (Signed Mar. 18)
The Prescribed Burning Act would clarify liability for private landowners who conduct prescribed burns which makes insurance more available and affordable.
House Bill 22 – Grow Your Own Teachers Act Scholarship (Signed Mar. 18)
House Bill 22 will expand who can qualify into the Grow Your Own Teachers program which is designed to increase the number of teachers in the state.
House Bill 52 – Bilingual Multicultural Ed Advisory Council (Signed Mar. 18)
House Bill 52 will establish a 15-member Bilingual Multicultural Education Advisory Council.
House Bill 157 – Mining Act Forfeiture Fund (Signed Mar. 18)
The bill gives the state authorization to create a fund to receive and manage financial assurance to pay for long-term reclamation in the rare case that a mine operator defaults.
House Bill 255 – Alcohol Deliveries (Signed Mar. 17)
House Bill 255, a reform bill that has been approved by the Legislature and will provide for home delivery of alcohol. The Governor’s Office states that the alcohol delivery permits can be issued to retailers, dispensers, craft distillers, winegrowers, small brewers, and restaurant licensees and that ID checks are mandatory for deliveries.
Senate Bill 52- Extended Unemployment Benefits (Signed Mar. 17)
Senate Bill 52 is a technical adjustment to the state unemployment benefit statute that accommodates changes to federal requirements that have come about as a result of pandemic-related unemployment programs.
Senate Bill 122 – Non-Pharmacist Use of Insignias (Signed Mar. 17)
Senate Bill 122 clarifies the use of certain insignias under the state Pharmacy Act.
Senate Bill 2 – Waive 2021 Liquor License Fees (Signed Mar. 9)
The legislation will allow the state to waive annual liquor license fees as businesses struggle to rebound amid the pandemic. The governor said the food and beverage industry is a key piece of the state’s economy. Under the legislation, the next annual fee for renewed liquor licenses and for all new licenses issued in this year will be waived.
Senate Bill 1 – Restaurant Gross Receipt Tax Deduction (Signed Mar. 3)
Senate Bill 1 will create a $600 income tax credit for people earning less than $31,200 a year who are also claiming the working families tax credit. It also provides a short gross receipts tax break for businesses like restaurants, breweries, food trucks and wineries for four months in 2021. Businesses would be able to pocket that sales tax money while the state would reimburse local government for the loss of that tax revenue.
Senate Bill 3 – Small Business Recovery Act (Signed Mar. 3)
The bill will provide more than $460 million in low-interest relief loans. It would also make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to receive up to $75,000.
House Bill 11 – GRT and Permanent Funds for LEDA Projects (Signed Feb. 26)
House Bill 11 will provide $200 million from the state general fund to thousands of businesses that experienced income declines in 2020. The bill will also provide individual grants of up to $100,000 without repayment to businesses for the reimbursement of rent, lease or mortgage obligations on property located in New Mexico.
Among the guidelines:
- Businesses must be operating in New Mexico with fewer than 75 employees per location;
- Businesses must demonstrate a loss of revenue for at least one quarter between 2019 and 2020;
- Funding must be used for reimbursement of rent, mortgage or lease obligations;
- The grant must be accompanied by job creation for each quarter prior to one of the quarterly payments; and
- The grants will be paid out in quarterly installments.
Senate Bill 10 – Abortion Ban (Signed Feb. 26)
Senate Bill 10 repeals a 1969 state statute that criminalized abortion in New Mexico. Criminalizing abortion became a state law in the late 1960s, but the Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade made New Mexico’s abortion ban unenforceable. Since then, abortions have been legal in our state.
Gov. Lujan Grisham said that a woman has the right to make decisions about her own body. “Anyone who seeks to violate bodily integrity, or to criminalize womanhood, is in the business of dehumanization. New Mexico is not in that business – not anymore. Our state statutes now reflect this inviolable recognition of humanity and dignity. I am incredibly grateful to the tireless advocates and legislators who fought through relentless misinformation and fear-mongering to make this day a reality. Equality for all, equal justice and equal treatment – that’s the standard. And I’m proud to lead a state that today moved one step closer to that standard.”
House Bill 1 – Feed Bill (Signed Jan. 21)
House Bill 1 makes a series of General Fund appropriations to cover expenses of the 2021 Session of the Legislature.