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HB 52
Harm to Domestic Animals as Domestic Abuse

 

Summary:

This new legislation would amend the definition of “domestic animal” to include an incident by a household member consisting of or resulting in the act or threat of:

 

1.     Intentionally or maliciously torturing, mutilating, injuring or poisoning a companion animal; or

2.     Maliciously killing a companion animal.

 

To view text and for more information, click here.

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HB 53
Pet Food Fee for Spay and Neuter Programs

  

Summary

This new legislation would:

 

1.     Specify that the Animal Sheltering Committee shall develop criteria for individuals, groups, animal shelters, and euthanasia agencies to receive assistance for dog and cat spaying and neutering from the animal care and facility fund;

2.     Require this assistance only be given to individuals who have, or to groups that only provide assistance to service recipients who have, a household income that does not exceed 200% of the current federal poverty level guidelines; and

3.     Allow that the Department of Agriculture to collect an annual fee on each pet food registered and that 96% of this fee shall be credited to the statewide spay and neuter subaccount of the animal care and facility fund.

 

To view text and for more information, click here.


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HB 54
Killing Dogs that Kill Livestock or Poultry

 

Summary

This new legislation would specify that:

 

1.     If a dog kills or injures livestock or poultry, the owner or keeper of the dog is liable for all damages that may be sustained by the injured party;

2.     It is unlawful to keep a dog after it is known that the dog is liable to kill livestock, and it is the duty of the owner to kill the dog upon order of the court after a finding that the dog has killed or injured livestock; and

3.     It is the right of any owner of livestock or poultry killed or injured by the actions of a dog to kill the dog while it is upon property controlled by the owner of the livestock or poultry.

 

To view text of the bill and for more information, click here.



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HB164
Agriculture Livestock Incident Response Team

 

Summary

Making an appropriation to the Board of Regents of New Mexico State University for the Agricultural Livestock Incident Response Team Program

To view text of the bill and for more information, click here.


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HB 312

 Seizure and Disposition of Forfeited Property

 

Summary

This new legislation would exempt animals from the New Mexico Forfeiture Act if the animal is seized, impounded, or permanently removed from custody for animal welfare, public health and safety, or compliance and enforcement purposes pursuant to applicable state and local laws.

 

Text: To view text of the bill, click here.

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HB 445
Wild Horse Protection and Habitat Act

Summary:

This new legislation would create:

 

1.     The Wild Horse Protection and Habitat Act; and

2.     The New Mexico Equine Board that is to be composed of 9 members that are knowledgeable regarding to wild horses and do not have interests that conflict with the interests of wild horses.

 

Text: To view text of the bill, click here.

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HB 530
Waiver of Certain Fees for Military, Spouses and Dependent Children

Summary

This new legislation would require a licensing board to do the following after a military service member files an application for a license:

 

1.     Waive all required fees and process the application; and

2.     Issue a valid license for a term of 3 years to a qualified applicant.


To view text of the bill and for more information, click here.
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HB 598
First Responders Veterinary Services

Summary
This new legislation would:

Permit first responders to provide emergency veterinary services to cats and dogs.

To view the text of the bill and for more information, click here.

 

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SB 38
Wildlife Trafficking

 


Summary

This new legislation would:

 

1.     Create the “Wildlife Trafficking Act”;

2.     Prohibit a person from knowingly selling or purchasing a covered animal species, part, or product unless certain conditions are satisfied such as:

a.    The covered animal part or product is a fixed component of an antique product that is not made wholly or primarily of covered animal parts or products, provided that the antique status is established by the owner or seller with evidence proving origin,

b.     The covered animal part or product is a component of a gun or musical instrument, including stringed instruments and bows, wind and percussion instruments and pianos; or

c.      The covered animal species or covered animal part or product is lawfully possessed by an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian nation, tribe or pueblo for traditional, cultural or religious purposes.

 

To view text of the bill and for more information, click here.

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SB 158
Wild Horse Definitions and Dispositions

 

Summary

This new legislation would:

 

1.     Exclude the following from the definition of livestock:

a.     Wild horses;

b.     Horses or asses subject to the jurisdiction of the federal government pursuant to the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act;

c.      Canine or feline animals;

d.     Feral hogs; or

e.     Game mammals except farmed cervidae;

2.     Define wild horses to mean a horse that is unclaimed and without obvious brands or without other evidence of private ownership, but does not include horses that are subject to the jurisdiction of the federal government pursuant to the federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act; and

3.     Specify that a wild horse captured on private land shall be:

a.     Humanely captured and relocated to public land or to a public or private wild horse preserve;

b.     Adopted by a qualified person for private maintenance, upon payment of an adoption fee that shall not exceed the cost of caring for the wild horse while it was under the control of the board; or

c.      Humanely euthanized by a licensed veterinarian; provided that this option shall only be available as a last resort.

 

To view text of the bill and for more information, click here.

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SB 367
Pet Food Fee for Spay and Neuter Programs

This new legislation would:

 

1.     Specify that the Animal Sheltering Committee shall develop criteria for individuals, groups, animal shelters, and euthanasia agencies to receive assistance for dog and cat spaying and neutering from the animal care and facility fund;

2.     Require this assistance only be given to individuals who have, or to groups that only provide assistance to service recipients who have, a household income that does not exceed 200% of the current federal poverty level guidelines; and

3.     Allow that the Department of Agriculture to collect an annual fee on each pet food registered and that 96% of this fee shall be credited to the statewide spay and neuter subaccount of the animal care and facility fund.

 

This bill has similar language to HB 53.

 

To view text of the bill and for more information, click here.


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SB 385
Professional Licensing of Certain Felons

 


Summary
This new legislation would:

 

1.     Prohibit a professional licensing board from denying an applicant a license solely because he or she has been convicted of a felony, unless the conviction was for a crime related to the profession; and

2.     Require a licensing board to use a clear and convincing standard of proof in examining the factors to determine whether an applicant will be denied a license:

a.      The nature and seriousness of the crime for which the individual was convicted;

b.     The passage of time since the commission of the crime;

c.      The relationship of the crime to the ability, capacity and fitness required to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the occupation; and

d.     Any evidence of rehabilitation or treatment undertaken by the individual that might mitigate against a disqualification.

 

To view text of the bill, click here.


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SB 545


Student Interns
Summary:


This new legislation would:
 
Allow agreements between the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and schools of veterinary medicine to have student interns in NM veterinary clinics and practices; making an appropriation.

To view text of the bill, click here





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