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PAWNM and Bernalillo County Commissioners May Not Care What The Rest of Us Have to Say

December 9, 2010

We’ve taken a little time to contemplate and speak to several people about events at the Bernalillo County Commissioners’ meeting on November 9 (OK, maybe a lot of time) and following are our conclusions:

  • The county manager’s office did err in not publishing the meeting agenda on the internet or other electronic channels sooner.
  • But, the agenda did include what Commissioner De La Cruz had committed to doing in the October 26 meeting (i.e., present a resolution establishing an animal care services ordinance review committee)…see our October 27 blog entry.
  • During the public comment period PAWNM spokespeople were visibly upset, berating the Commissioners for what they perceived as inaction because County Attorney Landers didn’t immediately prepare their recommendations as proposed ordinance changes for the meeting…that is not what commissioners committed to on October 26.
  • Based on what we’ve learned recently, PAWNM is an overzealous lot that couldn’t care less what others in the community have to contribute if it runs contrary to their agenda. And, they’ve been secretly working with County Attorney Landers to introduce their animal care services ordinance changes at the December 14 commissioner’s meeting along with a new wrinkle, a requirement for trolley permitting. While we’re not big fans of trolleys, we can think a few situations where they may be necessary and with a properly crafted ordinance, there is absolutely no need for permitting.
  • Here’s a link to amendments to be introduced…changes to the current ordinance are underlined or struck out…except the trolley permit language which is new…Bernalillo County Animal Care Ordinance Changes-20101214

By the way, following is video from part of the November 9 commission meeting in three segments. Part one is discussion on “late” publication of the agenda. Part two is the public comment period. Part three is discussion of the committee resolution, ultimately deferred until the Tuesday, December 14 meeting…be there at 3pm if you want input into the process. Yes, I said 3pm. According to the November 9 agenda, the December 14 meeting was supposed to begin at 5pm…the change is based on some “bleeping” excuse about a lot of agenda items. Although the commissioners won’t pass the amendments at this meeting…they are subject to a publication and comment period…we look at it as more monkey business by Bernalillo County officials and a lack of desire to hear what county residents with a real day job have to say about this.

Bernalillo County Commissioner De La Cruz Announces Animal Care Ordinance Review

October 27, 2010

A couple of months ago, we told you about Bernalillo County animal care ordinance changes proposed by People for Animal Welfare of New Mexico (PAWNM). Not satisfied with improvements made 22 months ago reached through community consensus, it appears they convinced at least one commissioner a committee is needed to review the ordinance again.

At the end of discussion by the group at yesterday’s commission meeting, Commissioner De La Cruz, announced the seating of a seven member committee to review the animal care ordinance. The committee is to be chaired by Pete Dinelli, a former Albuquerque Public Safety Director, one member from each commissioner’s district and Becky Darrow, the animal care services director. The committee is also supposed to include an animal welfare activist, livestock owner/boarder, animal breeder and veterinarian. All committee member recommendations are to be submitted by November 5.

Here’s the video from the commission meeting in two parts. The review committee is announced in the last two minutes of the second video…

The ordinance may need a bit of tweaking, but, among other things, tethering requirements that may require an engineering degree to understand and requirements to feed animals additional food when the outside temperature drops below 40F are overreaching. Many animals are less active in winter and calories that would go toward activity are used to produce heat instead. Bernalillo County may have a lot of fat animals in the spring in a year or two. How will PAWNM want to address that problem? More changes to the ordinance because it once again didn’t meet their perception of the intent of the ordinance? No doubt!

Other things we’re pondering…

  • We learned about the agenda item early yesterday afternoon. The agenda was published last Friday. And, it was a surprise to at least two county officials we spoke with yesterday that should have been aware of the agenda item.
  • Why didn’t anyone think it was important for Bernalillo County’s Deputy County Manager for Public Safety or Animal Care Services Director to attend this meeting to provide input? We didn’t see them on any of the video segments.
  • Why did PAWNM use an Albuquerque animal control officer instead of a county animal control officer in it’s discussion? The needs of county residents, particularly those in rural/semirural areas of the county are different than Albuquerque residents.
  • Recognizing all of Bernalillo County’s commissioners are a generally pragmatic and fair-minded group, did Commissioner De La Cruz have a lengthy discussion with staff and commissioners who were involved when the ordinance was passed before seating a review committee? The ordinance went through an exhaustive review over more than a year with many public meetings.
  • How productive is it to rehash an entire process because a small noisy constituency is unhappy with the results relative to their interpretation of the intent of the ordinance?
  • How much more productive would it have been to have the 25 or so people that spent 2+ hours at the commission meeting and those of us following the issue spend that time on animal care education throughout the county?

Contact information:
County Manager (Thaddeus Lucero) – 505-468-7000, manager@bernco.gov
Public Safety Division (Thomas Swisstack) – 505-468-7000, info@bernco.gov
Commission District 1 (Alan B. Armijo) – 505-468-7185, agonzales@bernco.gov
Commission District 2 (Art De La Cruz) – 505-468-7448, dherrera@bernco.gov
Commission District 3 (Maggie Hart Stebbins) – 505-468-7108, wobrien@bernco.gov
Commission District 4 (Michael C. Wiener) – 505-468-7010, ddady@bernco.gov
Commission District 5 (Michael Brasher) – 505-468-7212, rdoucette@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County Ordinance Changes – Again, So Soon? Yes.

August 20, 2010

For the last 16 months, things have been pretty quiet on statewide issues and in Bernalillo County, NM (this blog’s primary stomping grounds). Hence, the reason no posts since April 2009. While many thought there would be a need to start being watchful soon for overrreaching animal rights bills in the biennial long legislative session beginning in early 2011, things are heating up again in Bernalillo County.

People for Animal Welfare of New Mexico and other animal rights and welfare groups have returned with new recommendations for ordinance changes for the Bernalillo County commissioners. The changes they are recommending relate to animal restraint and care and maintenance. A “public” meeting was hosted by Commissioner Brasher on Wednesday night. The term “public” is used loosely due to the short, limited public notice provided for the meeting and the apparent loading of the audience with animal welfare and rights groups. Two people in the audience of about 50 maintain a responsible animal use philosophy. To my knowledge, no responsible animal use organizations (e.g., dog clubs, cat clubs, livestock owner associations) received courtesy notice about the meeting and the meeting was held inside the city of Albuquerque, an area unaffected by the proposed ordinance changes.

For now, here is access to the proposed revisions to allow for your analysis:

Bernalillo County-2010 Proposed Changes.

The pdf file has information in the following order:

  • Current Chapter 6-45 – Restraint of Animals – page 1
  • Proposed Chapter 6-45 – Restraint of Animals – page 2
  • Current Chapter 6-58 – Care and Maintenance – page 3
  • Proposed Chapter 6-58 – Care and Maintenance – page 4-6

We’ll be back with comment after gathering additional information. Suffice it to say anyone with a libertarian perspective (i.e., suspicion of coercive authority) should be concerned about quotes like “we know several recommendations are unenforceable” and “animal legislation can’t be fair because it has to address the lowest common denominator”.

Final Legislative Update – April 20, 2009

April 20, 2009

CROSSPOST JUDICIOUSLY! Don’t assume everyone will want to know about NM’s animal interest bills. An editorial and reflections on the legislative session will be published by April 26, 2009.

Concerned New Mexico Animal Owners
New Mexico 49th Legislature, First Session, 2009
Animal Related Legislation Summary,
Contact: Bob De Young (bobATtexaustralian.com…replace “AT” with @)

Following are the bills signed into law by Governor Richardson. Refer to the March 15 Legislative Update for the recommended position and editorial comment on each bill.

FORMAT FOR THE BILLS SUMMARY BELOW IS:
BILL : Sponsor
Bill Webpage

HB 265 NO GAS CHAMBER FOR ANIMAL EUTHANASIA : Martinez K
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20265&year=09
Note: This bill is accompanied by $100,000 in transition funding for affected communities in HB 2 GENERAL APPROPRIATION ACT OF 2009. Refer to page 229, lines 11-13 in the final version of the bill.

HB 467 AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20467&year=09

HB 567 FARM & RANCH COMMUNITY LICENSE PLATES : Egolf
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20567&year=09

HB 593 ANIMAL EUTHANASIA REQUIREMENTS : Martinez K
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20593&year=09

HB 594/SB504 FERAL HOG CONTROL : Ezzell/Griego
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20594&year=09

HB 645 BASS FISHING LICENSE PLATES : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20645&year=09

HB 772 4-H SUPPORT LICENSE PLATES : Hall
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20772&year=09

SB 127 CUSTODY & CARE OF MISTREATED ANIMALS : Wirth
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20127&year=09

SB 185 PET LICENSE PLATE FEES TO ANIMAL CARE FUND : Garcia M J
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20185&year=09

SB 553 COUNTY CATTLE GUARDS NEAR SCHOOL BUS ROUTES : Ulibarri
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20553&year=09

SB 669 DISABLED VETERAN GAME & FISH BENEFITS : Rodriguez
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20669&year=09

Legislative Update – March 26, 2009 – 48 Bills!

March 26, 2009

CROSSPOST JUDICIOUSLY! Don’t assume everyone will want to know about the 48 NM animal interest bills.

The next full update will be by Sunday, April 19, after the period of action allowed for the Governor has expired.

Concerned New Mexico Animal Owners
New Mexico 49th Legislature, First Session, 2009
Animal Related Legislation Summary, 48 Bills
Contact: Bob De Young (bobATtexaustralian.com…replace “AT” with @) to receive regular twice a week updates.

NOTICES
Results on “key” bills are:

  • HB159 (animal cruelty) : oppose until amended : died in committee
  • HB604 (elect instead of appoint game commissioners) : oppose : died in committee
  • HB667 (dangerous dogs) : conditional support : died on house vote
  • SB127 (shelter indemnity) : support : passed by legislature (Governor action pending)
  • SB391 (landowner takings of animals) : conditional support : died on house floor (no vote)

FORMAT FOR THE BILLS SUMMARY BELOW IS:
BILL : Sponsor
Bill Webpage
RECOMMENDED POSITION (SUPPORT, CONDITIONAL SUPPORT, OPPOSE UNTIL AMENDED, OPPOSE)
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION

Refer to the March 15 Legislative Update for more information on each bill.

HB 11 VALLES CALDERA ELK LICENSES : Wallace
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20%2011&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Public Affairs Committee

HB 68 NONGAME FISH CAPTURE OR KILLING : Campos J
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20%2068&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on Senate vote

HB 82 INTENTIONALLY STARVING ANIMALS TO DEATH : Lundstrom
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20%2082&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Judiciary Committee

HB 125 SOCORRO SPAY & NEUTER PROGRAM : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20125&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : OPPOSE
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Appropriations & Finance Committee

HB 128 NMSU VETERINARY EDUCATION & RURAL PROGRAM : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20128&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Appropriations & Finance Committee

HB 133 NMSU SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM : Steinborn
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20133&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Appropriations & Finance Committee

HB 143 GAME & FISH PENALTY ASSESSMENT PAYMENTS : Barela
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20143&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on Senate vote

HB 159 EXPAND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS : Park
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20159&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : OPPOSE UNTIL AMENDED
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Judiciary Committee

HB 204 EXTEND HORSE RACING ACT TO 2015 : Sandoval
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20204&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on Senate floor (no vote)

HB 265 NO GAS CHAMBER FOR ANIMAL EUTHANASIA : Martinez K
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20265&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

HB 302 ESPANOLA ANIMAL SHELTER : Rodella
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20302&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : OPPOSE
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Appropriations & Finance Committee

HB 434 FAMILY VIOLENCE PROTECTION ACT REVISIONS : King
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20434&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on Senate floor (no vote)

HB 456 PURCHASE POLICE DOG PROTECTIVE VESTS : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20456&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Finance Committee

HB 467 AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20467&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

HB 567 FARM & RANCH COMMUNITY LICENSE PLATES : Egolf
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20567&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

HB 593 ANIMAL EUTHANASIA REQUIREMENTS : Martinez K
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20593&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

HB 594 FERAL HOG CONTROL : Ezzell
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20594&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending) – same bill as SB504

HB 604 STATE GAME COMMISSION MEMBER ELECTIONS : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20604&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : OPPOSE
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Voters & Elections Committee

HB 645 BASS FISHING LICENSE PLATES : Tripp
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20645&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

HB 667 DANGEROUS DOG DEFINITIONS & PROSECUTION : Heaton
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20667&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on House vote

HB 696 NMSU VERTEBRATE WILDLIFE MUSEUM SUPPORT : Gutierrez
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20696&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Appropriations & Finance Committee

HB 772 4-H SUPPORT LICENSE PLATES : Hall
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20772&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

HB 781 EQUINE PROTECTION FUND : Nunez
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20781&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Agriculture Committee

HB 875 GAME HUNTING OUTFITTER REQUIREMENTS : Garcia
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20875&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Business & Industry Committee

HB 892 ANIMAL SHELTER EUTHANASIA REQUIREMENTS : Martinez K
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=B&legno=%20892&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in House Appropriations & Finance Committee

HJM 4 WILDLIFE CORRIDOR INFO SHARING : Stewart
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=JM&legno=%20%20%204&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (joint memorials require no action by Governor)

HJM 15 TIERRA AMARILLA LAND GRANT LAND USE RIGHTS : Rodella
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=JM&legno=%20%2015&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on Senate floor (no vote)

HJM 56 FFA & 4-H DAY : Hall
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=JM&legno=%20%2056&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (joint memorials require no action by Governor)

HJR 19 EXTEND DOWNS OF ALBUQUERQUE LEASE : Park
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=JR&legno=%20%2019&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (joint resolutions require no action by Governor)

HM 49 SPAY DAY ESPANOLA : Lujan
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=H&legtype=M&legno=%20%2049&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by House (House memorials require no action by Governor)

SB 127 CUSTODY & CARE OF MISTREATED ANIMALS : Wirth
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20127&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

SB 185 PET LICENSE PLATE FEES TO ANIMAL CARE FUND : Garcia M J
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20185&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

SB 282 : NMSU SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROGRAM : Beffort
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20282&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Finance Committee

SB 313 CRUELTY TO ANIMALS INCLUDES ABANDONMENT : Eichenberg
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20313&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : OPPOSE
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on House floor (no vote)

SB 351 NMSU AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION EVENT ATTENDANCE : Campos
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20351&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Finance Committee

SB 358 ESPANOLA ANIMAL SHELTER SERVICES : Martinez
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20358&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : OPPOSE
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Finance Committee

SB 391 LANDOWNER TAKINGS OF CERTAIN ANIMALS : Sanchez
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20391&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on House floor (no vote)

SB 471 CREATE NM RODEO COUNCIL : Munoz
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20471&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Rules Committee

SB 492 SEIZURE & BRAND INSPECTION OF LIVESTOCK : Asbill
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20492&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died on House floor (no vote)

SB 504 FERAL HOG CONTROL : Griego
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20504&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending) – same bill as HB594

SB 553 COUNTY CATTLE GUARDS NEAR SCHOOL BUS ROUTES : Ulibarri
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20553&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

SB 562 JUNIOR RODEO FINALS IN NEW MEXICO : Munoz
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20562&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Finance Committee

SB 669 DISABLED VETERAN GAME & FISH BENEFITS : Rodriguez
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=B&legno=%20669&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (Governor action pending)

SJM 42 DAY OF THE ROADRUNNER : Sapien
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=JM&legno=%20%2042&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (joint memorials require no action by Governor)

SJM 43 FFA & 4-H DAY : Griego
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=JM&legno=%20%2043&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by legislature (joint memorials require no action by Governor)

SJM 49 VALLES CALDERA MANAGEMENT HEARINGS : Eichenberg
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=JM&legno=%20%2049&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Died in Senate Rules Committee

SM 32 VALLES CALDERA MANAGEMENT HEARINGS : Eichenberg
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?chamber=S&legtype=M&legno=%20%2032&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by Senate (Senate memorials require no action by Governor)

SM 68 ESPANOLA PIT FIX MONTH : Martinez
http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=S&LegType=M&LegNo=68&year=09
RECOMMENDED POSITION : CONDITIONAL SUPPORT
LEGISLATURE/GOVERNOR ACTION : Passed by Senate (Senate memorials require no action by Governor)

HB 159 EXPAND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS – Senate Judiciary Thank You

March 17, 2009

Following is our recommended letter to the New Mexico Senate Judiciary Committee thanking them for their careful consideration of the subject bill. You are welcome to copy and paste and customize it for your own email or use it for talking points when calling the Senators and Representative Park. Don’t forget to contact your own Senator. You can locate your Senator at http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/legislatorsearch.aspx

Senate Judiciary Committee Contact Information:
Senator Cisco McSorley : Chair : cisco.mcsorley@nmlegis.gov : 505-986-4485
Senator Richard C. Martinez : Vice-Chair : richard.martinez@nmlegis.gov : 505-986-4389
Senator Tim Eichenberg : Member : tim.eichenberg@nmlegis.gov : 505-986-4859
Senator Clinton D. Harden : Member : charden@theosogroup.com : 505-986-4369
Senator Linda M. Lopez : Member : 505-986-4737
Senator Sander Rue : Member : sanderrue@comcast.net : 505-986-4375
Senator John C. Ryan : Member : johnchrisryan@yahoo.com : 505-986-4373
Senator Bernadette M. Sanchez : Member : senb26@yahoo.com : 505-986-4267
Senator Michael S. Sanchez : Member : senatormssanchez@aol.com : 505-986-4727
Senator Peter Wirth : Member : peter.wirth@nmlegis.gov : 505-986-4276
Senator William H. Payne : Ranking Member : william.payne@nmlegis.gov : 505-986-4703

Chairman (House Judiciary Committee) Park’s Contact Information:
Representative Al Park : Chair : alpark.nm@gmail.com : 505-986-4411

SUBJECT: HB 159 EXPAND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS – OPPOSE UNTIL AMENDED – Thank You
EMAIL TO: cisco.mcsorley@nmlegis.gov; richard.martinez@nmlegis.gov; tim.eichenberg@nmlegis.gov;charden@theosogroup.com; sanderrue@comcast.net; johnchrisryan@yahoo.com; senb26@yahoo.com; senatormssanchez@aol.com; peter.wirth@nmlegis.gov; william.payne@nmlegis.gov; alpark.nm@gmail.com

Dear Chairman McSorley, Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Chairman Park,

Many thanks for your service to our state!

Everyone associated with Concerned New Mexico Animal Owners (CNMAO) wants to see an effective amendment to the animal cruelty statute passed as long as it is reasonably devoid of the potential for unintended consequences. CNMAO has informed me that HB159 has been tabled in committee because those concerns could not be resolved.

Senator Harden, many thanks for supporting the “working and performance animals” amendment and carrying it to the committee, recognizing the need to provide clarifying language meaningful to the average citizen and similar to protections for responsible use of animals in rodeos and animal agriculture. And, Chairman Park, thank you for your acceptance of the language, recognizing that in no way does it have a negative affect on the bill. Thank you to all for the “Do Pass” vote on the amendment.

Regarding the concerns raised about unintended consequences on sections D(3), D(4) and D(5) that expand felony offenses, thank you for carefully considering them. And, Senator Payne thank you for affirming those concerns based on your own personal experience. It is clear that the Committee came to appreciate the dilemma identified by those associated with CNMAO. I, and a number of organizations, have been assured CNMAO will continue to work with individuals and organizations to formulate a better animal cruelty statute for the state that allows for prosecution of intentional acts of animal cruelty and neglect, but strikes a proper balance with recognizing the need for compassion for those that may be guilt ridden and already paid a price for what is often caused by inadequate education regarding care of an animal, a momentary lapse in good judgment or the result of being faced with a difficult financial situation.

Best regards,
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Legislative Calendar Update – March 15, 2009

March 16, 2009

OK TO CROSSPOST JUDICIOUSLY! Don’t assume everyone will want to know about the 48 NM animal interest bills.

NOTICES
Refer to today’s legislative update for more information on a specific bill. We know this update is incomplete because many committees are posting agendas just before meetings. However, we do believe information on the five “key” bills is accurate: HB159, HB604, HB667, SB127 and SB391.

Passed House: HB11, HB68, HB143, HB159, HB204, HB265, HB434, HB456, HB593, HB594, HJM4, HJM15, HM49
Passed Senate: SB127, SB313, SB391, SB492, SB504, SB553, SM32, SM68
Passed House and Senate: HJM56, SJM43
Signed into law:
Vetoed:
Tabled in Committee: HB604
Killed: HB667

HOUSE VOTE : Monday, March 16, 10:30am
SB 127 CUSTODY & CARE OF MISTREATED ANIMALS
SB 553 COUNTY CATTLE GUARDS NEAR SCHOOL BUS ROUTES

HOUSE TABLE
None

HOUSE TEMPORARY CALENDAR (i.e., Vote Following Work Day)
None

HOUSE JUDICIARY : Monday, March 16, 30 minutes after House floor session ends, Room 309
SB 504 FERAL HOG CONTROL

SENATE VOTE : Monday, March 16, 10:30am
SB 669 DISABLED VETERAN GAME & FISH BENEFITS
HB 68 NONGAME FISH CAPTURE OR KILLING
HB 265 NO GAS CHAMBER FOR ANIMAL EUTHANASIA
HB 593 ANIMAL EUTHANASIA REQUIREMENTS
HB 594 FERAL HOG CONTROL
HB 143 GAME & FISH PENALTY ASSESSMENT PAYMENTS
HJM 4 WILDLIFE CORRIDOR INFO SHARING

SENATE TABLE
SJM 42 DAY OF THE ROADRUNNER

SENATE TEMPORARY CALENDAR (i.e., Vote Following Work Day)
None

SENATE CORPORATIONS AND TRANSPORTATION : Monday, March 16 – 2:00 p.m. or 1/2 hour after floor session, Room 311
HB 567 FARM & RANCH COMMUNITY LICENSE PLATES

SENATE JUDICIARY : Monday, March 16, 2:00 p.m. or 1/2 hour after floor session, Room 321
HB 159 EXPAND CRUELTY TO ANIMALS