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Ferrary introduces bill to create alcohol harms alleviation fund


Representative Joanne J. Ferrary (D-37) and Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, D-Bernalillo, introduced House Bill 230/Senate Bill 259 Feb. 10 at the state capitol in Santa Fe.

The bill would create an Alcohol Harms Alleviation Fund “to increase public safety and address the harms that alcohol-related incidents cause in New Mexico. New Mexico has the most alcohol-related deaths per capita in the country,” Ferrary’s office said. She and Sedillo Lopez were joined during the bill’s introduction by “experts in the health policy field as well as victims of alcohol-related harms who support the measure,” Ferrary said. The fund would make appropriations “related to recovery, prevention, treatment services, victim support, domestic violence, drug courts, tribal governments and more.”

HB230 – “Liquor Tax Rates & Differentials” – was referred to the House Health and Human Services Committee, of which Ferrary is a member.

To track the bill, visit nmlegis.gov. Click on “Legislation” and “Find Legislation by Number.” Click on “House” under “Chamber” and “Bill” under “Type.” Type in “230” under “#.”

The current session of the New Mexico Legislature continues through March 18 in Santa Fe. Feb. 16 was the last day to introduce a bill in the session.