Legislature in brief

Posted 2/13/20

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Legislature in brief

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Help the animals

On Saturday (Feb. 8) the Senate passed the Wildlife Trafficking Act, which aims to halt the trafficking of endangered species and animal parts through the state. Senate Bill 75, sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart and approved by a vote of 22-9, would create civil penalties for wildlife trafficking and help New Mexico quash the sale of endangered species and their parts.

"Right next door to us, El Paso is one of the top five ports of entry for wildlife trafficking in the nation," Stewart said. "Much of that contraband is moved through New Mexico as it's distributed, illicitly, around the country."

Agua es vida

The state Senate passed a bill that would authorize the New Mexico Finance Authority to make loans or grants for 34 water projects around the state.

They include a water storage, conveyance and delivery projects in Cerro, Río Lucio, Rodarte and El Valle Water and Sanitation District, all in Taos County and another in Mora County; a water conservation or treatment, recycling or reuse project in Bernalillo County; and water storage, conveyance and delivery projects in Santa Fe and Río Arriba counties.

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