SANTA FE (AP) – The fate of a dwindling number of anti-crime bills is in question as the legislative session comes to a close and Senate Democrats raise concerns over proposals that could cost the state millions of dollars in added incarceration costs.
Some two dozen bills aimed at increasing prison sentences for violent career criminals and repeat DWI offenders were up for debate at the start of this year’s 30-day legislation in Santa Fe that ends Thursday.
Most were proposed by House Republicans and sailed through that chamber, but have since stalled or died in Senate committees.
However, several pieces of legislation introduced in response to several high-profile crimes and court rulings last year appear to remain in play as they await one more hearing or floor vote. One would expand the three-strikes law that makes repeat violent offenders eligible for life sentences.