New Mexico Legislative & Regulatory Activities
The 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session - Now Ended
The legislature ended without a bang (Thank goodness). Several HB bills were of interest to the trucking Industry. Any comments you have on any of these bills are greatly appreciated. You can find any of these bills for your reading pleasure on the state legislature website.
HB74 (fuel and gas tax increase) -- This bill died in committee but is positioned for a quick start next session. It called for a ten cent per gallon increase on gasoline and five cent per gallon on diesel.
HB48 and SB41 (CDL testing language) -- These bills removed the restriction on the number of times you can take the CDL written test. Both bills had wide support and passed.. The final legislation is now headed to the governor’s office with our support for passage
HB315 (Bill would move funds collected as vehicle excise taxes from the general fund to road use fund) -- HB315 died in committee as well, that is a shame, since the money was originally earmarked for road use only and over the past 10 years has been peeled off for general fund expenses and use. We, along with other trade associations across the state, will aggressively pursue this bill for passage next session.
HB335 (merger of MTD into State Police) -- NMTA supports this reorganization so that the pay scale will be more attractive and fair for our highway safety conscientious men and women in the MTD.
SB403 (Towing Panel Bill) -- This proposal would have created an arbitration panel to resolve towing disputes. The panel would have members from towing companies, the carrier industry, and law enforcement. Our introduction of a towing panel bill made it to policy review before the session ended so it is also positioned for a fast start next session.
The legislature plans a summer session and some of these bills will start to move again for possible action next year.
As always we will keep an eye on all this and be ever vigilant to support the trucking industries needs.
2014 New Mexico Legislative Session Dates
|December 16, 2013||Legislation may be prefiled (until January 11, 2014)|
|January 21, 2014||Opening day (noon)|
|February 5, 2014||Deadline Bill for introduction|
|February 20, 2014||Session ends (noon)|
|March 12, 2014||Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed|
|May 21, 2014||Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date|
2015 New Mexico Legislative Session Dates
|December 15, 2014||Legislation may be prefiled (until January 16, 2015)|
|January 20, 2015||Opening day (noon)|
|February 19, 2015||Deadline for Bill introduction|
|March 21, 2015||Session ends (noon)|
|April 10, 2015||Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed|
|June 19, 2015||Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specified date|
2015 Legislative Session -- Major issues will be developed thoughout the coming year. Check back for updates.
NMTA's Safety Management Council
Truck Safety is a critically important part of the trucking industry. The industry is constantly striving for effective risk management techniques to prevent crashes and injuries.
The NM Safety Management Counci (SMC) activitily promotes safety with the NM Truck Driving Championships, annual safety awards, driver of the month awards, driver appreciation week. GET INVOLVED NOW.
SMC Monthly Meetings
of the Month
El Camino Diner, Albuquerque, NM - 12 noon