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Legislative roundup, Feb. 24, 2019

February 24, 2019

Days left in session: 20

School safety: The House Judiciary Committee on Saturday advanced a bill that would allow certain retired police officers and contract security employees to carry deadly weapons on public school campuses. The vote was 8-0.

House Bill 129 would require those working a campus detail to have a Level 3 security guard license.

The sponsor, Rep. Linda Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, told the committee the bill allows school boards or charter schools to make the decision to hire armed workers.

Her bill goes next to the full 70-member House of Representatives.

School conduct: Trujillo’s House Memorial 57, asking the Public Education Department to look into ways to address complaints of ethical misconduct among nonlicensed public school employees, also advanced Saturday. She said it would apply to workers such as janitors and office assistants.

Memorials have no force of law. Trujillo’s measure moves ahead to the full House of Representatives.

Looking ahead: Families visiting the Capitol on Saturday can also take a trip to the stars, planets and the moon. The Santa Fe Children’s Museum will set up its Stargazer portable planetarium in the Rotunda from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to give kids a mini astronomy lesson.

The museum is supporting public education funding, including anything related to STEM — science, technology, engineering and math.

The astrological presentation takes 15 to 30 minutes and can be conducted in either English or Spanish.

Sunday session: Though Sunday is a day of rest for many, there’s no rest for the weary. House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said the House of Representatives will convene at 3 p.m. Sunday to debate an array of bills.

For an updated agenda, visit www.nmlegis.gov, click on the “what’s happening” link and then click on the link to the House Floor Calendar.