House Republicans Vote AGAINST Fully Funding Courts

House Republicans Vote AGAINST Fully Funding Courts

House Republicans Vote AGAINST Fully Funding Courts

We cannot ignore the needs of our courts if we want a criminal justice system that works

 

SANTA FE – Today, House Republicans voted against fully funding New Mexico’s courts. During the debate on House Bill 219, Capital Outlay, Representative Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), introduced an amendment that would have provided an additional $1 million in funding for the Administrative Offices of the Courts. 

“The Judiciary is a third, equal, and independent branch of government,” said Representative Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe). “A strong and independent Judiciary is the cornerstone of our democracy. When we pass laws to protect the public, we must also be sure that our courts have the resources they need to enforce those laws. I am worried about how our courts will handle the influx of people that are expected to go through the criminal justice system that the All Crime All the Time agenda of House Republicans will create. I am very disappointed that House Republicans voted against fully funding our courts.”

 

The amendment would have provided an additional $1 million in funding for the Administrative Office of the Courts, by realigning LEDA funding from $6 million to $5 million in House Bill 219. LEDA currently has a fund balance of $49.3 million.  House Bill 219, Capital Outlay, passed the House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate for the committee process.