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HOUSE BILL 227
This bill updates the Kinship/Guardianship Act and streamlines the petition process. This will be especially helpful for pro-se petitioners including grandparents raising grandkids and others who may not be able to afford a private attorney.
HOUSE BILL 373
The English Language Learner Teacher Preparation Act establishes a mentorship program for those who are working toward their education degrees and who are interested in teaching K-12 students who are English language learners. While the actual bill ran out of time and was tabled, we were able to secure the funding needed to establish the program. The Higher Education Department will operate the program, in collaboration with the colleges of Education at Highlands University and the University of New Mexico.
HOUSE MEMORIAL 71
House Memorial 71 directs the New Mexico Department of Health to assess the health and economic impacts of Alcohol abuse. Knowing the exact costs of alcohol abuse will inform us as to the types of reforms that we can enact in the future in terms of alcohol taxes, licensure, accessibility, prevention, and treatment programs.
HOUSE MEMORIAL 92
Directs the Legislative Finance Committee to study the cost of fully complying with federal child care grant guidelines. Currently, NM doesn’t fund child care at the level set forth by federal guidelines. For example, federal guidelines state that families should not spend more than 10% of their income on child care. NM’s families spend close to 24% of their income on childcare. Knowing exactly how much we need to invest as a state will allow us to better plan for the 2016 state budget and beyond.
HOUSE MEMORIAL 97
Our child custody laws are written so as to protect the best interests of the child. Unfortunately, the law doesn’t account for how poverty can lead to an inability of parents to secure adequate legal counsel, and thus many good parents end up losing custody of their young children. House Bill 97 will allow me to work in the interim through the committee process to find solutions to this problem and ensure that even in divorce, both parents can maintain healthy relationships with their children.