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2019 Legislature supports soil, parks, babies, little league, new license plates needed

One Catch 22 was removed from state government during the 60-day 2019 legislative session (maybe more, I don’t know). 

Public safety officers, people who work for police departments but aren’t full-fledged cops and who get to take intoxicated and/or incapacitated people to treatment centers or jails, can now ask the facilities to take the individuals. Curious situation for the public safety officer—being employed to take people to the facility but unable to seek commitment to the facility.

This enlightenment, via House Bill 234, is one result of the session that saw 309 bills passed with 281 signed by new Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, double the approvals compared to former Gov. Susana Martinez in 2017, Martinez’ final 60-day session.  These new laws are now in effect. The numbers come from the Legislative Council Service’s annual “Highlights” publication that, LCS says, “summarizes much, but not all, of the legislative action.”

“Busy” is the LCS word for the session.  Indeed. Lots of new money from the Permian Basin oil boom explains the activity.