Disappointing Outcome on Spay/Neuter Bill, But There is Still Hope – From APVNM
As you may know, House Bill 53 was introduced this year (sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary and Sen. Jacob Candelaria) as a continuation of the effort to create a robust, sustainable, equitable funding source for desperately needed low-cost spay/neuter services.
Yesterday, after two hours of presentations and debate—including compelling testimony from students and hard-working advocates from around the state about the need for spay/neuter funding—the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee voted to “table” (which means to kill) the bill by a 6-4 vote. You can watch the webcast of the committee meeting here—the vote takes place at the 3:26:12 PM time mark.
House Bill 53 is the exact same bill that passed the House and Senate with remarkable bipartisan support in 2018 but was vetoed by former Governor Martinez.
Four legislators on yesterday’s committee who had previously supported the bill decided this year to vote against it. Some of those four legislators who voted ‘no’ have consistently voted multiple times in support of the bill in 2017 and 2018.
But there is still hope and a way forward. New Mexico’s chance to stop spending millions in taxpayer dollars on animal control and euthanasia is not lost.
Co-sponsor Senator Jacob Candelaria is reintroducing this measure as a Senate Bill, which should be filed and assigned a Senate bill number in a matter of days.
Please be assured that Animal Protection Voters and the thousands of New Mexicans who want and deserve this legislation will not give up. Our citizens and our animals deserve a sustainable funding source for affordable and accessible spay/neuter services. Legislators have asked for a solution to the costly and tragic problem of dog and cat overpopulation, and this legislation has been identified as the most feasible approach.
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