January 26, 2016

Odds and Ends: House passes child porn, child abuse bills

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The seal of the state of New Mexico in the House

Some House Democrats argued the logistics of bill to toughen child pornography laws sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes, R-Albuquerque for more almost an hour. Last year, the House passed a similar bill but stalled in the Senate. The bill ultimately passed by a vote of 60-2, with Reps. Eliseo Alcon, D-Milan, and Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, voting against it. The bill would allow a prosecutor to bring charges on each image of child pornography.

Rep. Conrad James, R-Albuquerque, passed two bills today related to child abuse charges. As House Minority Leader Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, noted, this was probably his final bill on the floor, as James is not running for reelection.

A bill to increase funding for sexual assault and rape crisis centers in the state received a quick do-pass from the Senate Public Affairs Committee. According to Julianna Koob, with the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, there is a backlog for sexual assault services just as there is with rape kits.

Screenshot of video showing Larry Larrañaga wearing goggles getting a view from a drone.

Screenshot of video showing Larry Larrañaga wearing goggles getting a view from a drone.

After a presentation on robotics in education, the House was treated to a drone flight. A small drone with a camera flew through the chambers Tuesday morning, while Rep. Larry Larranaga, R-Albuquerque, wore goggles where he could see from the on-board camera.

Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque, used the phrase, “that’s the bummer about criminal justice reform,” when speaking about a proposed three strikes law and the old laws on the New Mexico books.

 

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