For Immediate Release
April 11, 2017
Contact: Alisha Chavez, NMCADV Communications Coordinator, 505-554-6536, firstname.lastname@example.org
STATE COALITION STATEMENT ON SB 259 AND SB 245
SANTA FE, NM – This year, the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV), made up of approximately 28 domestic violence programs and scores of stakeholders, focused it’s legislative session efforts on two bills to protect victims of domestic violence and their families.
One, SB 259, prohibited individuals subject to final Orders of Protection from possessing or purchasing firearms for the length of the order. The other, SB 245, created a comprehensive confidential substitute address program in the Secretary of State’s office for purposes of public records and mail forwarding, and detailed a procedure to afford participants the right to vote using this confidential address.
Both offered important protections and many other states have had such laws for decades. However, the bills were vetoed and pocket vetoed, respectively, and will not become law in New Mexico.
The NMCADV wants to offer our gratitude to the many individuals and groups who worked so hard to advance these laws. Hundreds of hours went into the effort.
We offer special thanks to Miranda Viscoli and New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, Jennifer Padgett at the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, the Battered Women’s Justice Project’s National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resources Center and to the legislators who sponsored the bills, held hearings on them, answered our questions and shepherded us through this lengthy process. Lots of other good people worked on these initiatives and we appreciate all of them.
According to retired State Police Captain and NMCADV board member Quintin McShan, “We understand that not every piece of legislation can or should become law. Not all legislation advances the interests of the citizens of our state. But we believe that these bills certainly did advance those interests and we are disappointed at the outcome.”
About the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NMCADV) works to achieve a coordinated local, regional, and statewide response to domestic violence through a collaborative network of member programs that consist of domestic violence service providers and other allied organizations and individuals. The NMCADV serves as a clearinghouse for information and referrals on all domestic violence related issues and services. The coalition collaborates with agencies and advocates in the areas of program development, public policy, education and funding proposals. For more information about the NMCADV and domestic violence in New Mexico, please visit www.nmcadv.org