Making the money mousetrap work
SANTA ROSA--It has been a busy time for the three local legislators in Santa Fe as Josť Campos, representing parts of Guadalupe county makes his freshman year in the New Mexico house a quiet one, while Benjie Regensberg, in a realigned house district which includes parts of the county has been hard at work with more than 100 House bills, resolutions and memorials to his credit.
Senator Pete Campos, who does represent all of Guadalupe County, was seeking $250,000 from the state general fund to be given to the New Mexico department of health to "pay for the continuation of the receivership operation of the Los Amigos Nursing Home."
Some of Representative Campos' brighter moments are the introduction of several House bills, which have co-sponsors, as most do. Nevertheless, Campos introduced some memorable bills for consideration such as the Amber Alert Systems; an increase in the Ninth Judicial Court district; a bill regarding Municipal Income Tax distribution and House Joint Memorial 47 titled Corrections Industries Enterprise Expansion.
Campos, mayor of Santa Rosa, did not overlook Vaughn in the pork trough as he introduced Capital Improvements for the town with $300,000 earmarked for road improvements; $140,000 for the Town Hall; $300,000 for replacement of the swimming pool and $54,000 for the repairs to the town ambulance facility.
As of press time, there were no bills introduced for the benefit of Santa Rosa with the exception of the emergency funding by Senator Campos for the Los Amigos Nursing Home, introduced by Mayor Campos for consideration.
Regensberg on the other hand, took his turn at trying to change some laws in New Mexico with the introduction of such legislative actions as: Additional means for punishment of death; a very controversial parental notification act; changing court proceeding for custody orders; changing inspection of slaughtered livestock; modifying the violation of fishing with two rods; extend Childrens Code short-term commitment; modifying Workers Comp Waiver & Medicaid payments; and modifying the nonresident hunting license availability.
Along with other bills, Regensberg has introduced House Joint Memorials such as: Exchanging land grant info with Spain & Mexico; as well as granting treason pardons for land grant defenders.
Some of the pork improvements Regensberg introduced benefiting the area include improvements to Conchas Lake and Big Mesa roads in San Miguel county; as well as introducing a bill purchasing and installing playground equipment at Joe Gutierrez park in Santa Rosa.
The pork wishes of Senator Campos are much the same with a bill which will benefit the health care of Anton Chico and Dilia with the introduction of a bill for improvements to the health centers of Northern New Mexico.
He also introduced a bill for the planning, designing, constructing and equipping a water system for the community of Pastura in Guadalupe County; as well as Capital Improvement projects for the Puerto de Luna Senior Center.
In order to aid Mayor Campos chances of funding for Vaughn cousin Pete introduced a similar bill for the Capital Improvement Projects in Vaughn.