The NM Legislature convened its 60 day session on January 15, 2019. I am tracking veteran related legislation and will keep you advised of the progress of various bills that have been and will be introduced.
As always the major bill I am following is Senate Bill 330 “Income Tax Credit For Military Retirees and Widowed Spouses”. The bill is sponsored by Senator Burt who has carried the bill in three previous sessions. The bill has been assigned to the Senate Corporation & Transportation Committee and no hearing date has yet been yet posted. If it passes that committee, and it should, the next, big, hurdle will be the Senate Finance Committee.
There are several other veteran related bills in the legislative “hopper” . You can click to the following link to see a weekly update of all bills that have been filed thus far this session. Scroll to page 22 of that summary to see the category of “Military”. https://nmlegis.gov/Publications/Session/19/SubjectIndex19.pdf
If you want a description of a bill go to the following link and enter the bill number and it will take you to a page that provides bill sponsor, the committee location of the bill and if/when it is scheduled for hearing: https://nmlegis.gov/Legislation/BillFinder/Number
Should you be interested in contacting your legislator or perhaps other legislators to express your support, or objection, to a bill go to the NM Legislature home page at www.nmlegis.gov and click on “Legislators” at the top of the page. If you do not know who is your legislator click to “Find my Legislator” and follow the prompts. If you want to leave a phone message for any legislator (e.g. to support or oppose a particular bill) you can call the State Capitol switchboard at 505-986-4300 and ask for the legislator and be connected to his/her office. (Good luck with finding one available for calls but the receptionists do keep a tally of what folks are calling about). I just called a couple of the members on the Senate committee that will be hearing SB 330, the NMPIT exemption bill for uniformed services retirees and widowed spouses, and solicited their support. I also asked them why we do not have a 1-800 number for people to call the State Capitol? I ask that question every year!
If you are interested in getting a weekly summary of all veteran related bills that is published by the NM Dept of Veteran Services let me know.
I’ll remind all when the PIT Exemption Bill goes to Senate Finance or other significant committees where contacting committee members to vote for the bill is important.
Hold on to your wallets and watch HB 6 very closely. Better yet, contact your legislators and give them your take on that Bill.
ABQ Chapter, MOAA Legislative Liaison
“2019 List of States That Do and Don’t Tax Military Retired Pay:”
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