Legislative roundup, Feb. 9, 2019

Legislative roundup, Feb. 9, 2019

Gun Rights

Days remaining in session: 35 Jury duty: Courts hear all kinds of excuses for skipping jury duty. But some New Mexicans might be able to save those excuses. The Senate voted Friday to make it easier for residents over the age of 75 to get out of jury service. Current law allows citizens summoned for jury duty to be excused based on age if they turn in a notarized affidavit proving they are over 75. Under Senate Bill 174, sponsored by Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Española, courts could verify age using other state systems. Martinez said that will save seniors what can often be a long drive in rural areas to the courthouse. The bill heads next to the state House of Representatives. Keeping dreams: U.S. House Minority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., addressed a joint session of the New Mexico House of Representatives and Senate to mark African American Day at the Roundhouse on Friday. The 78-year-old recalled as a child telling his mother and a friend of hers that he wanted to grow up to work in state or federal government. Though his mother’s friend discouraged him, suggesting a young African-American would never have a chance at such a job, his mother later said, “Son, you hold onto your dreams. You stay in school, you study, you play by the rules and you will grow up to fulfill your dreams.” The lesson, Clyburn told the assembly, is “don’t throw coal on anybody’s dreams.” The afternoon celebration included a rendition […]

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