- Associated Press - Sunday, October 2, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a special legislative session in New Mexico (all times local):

12:50 a.m.

A proposal to expand the list of crimes requiring a mandatory life sentence after a third conviction has been approved by the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The House approved Sunday the three-strikes bill that would add a list of 16 additional crimes to the current mandatory sentencing law.

It was unclear whether the Senate would consider the measure during a special legislative session as the Legislature seeks to address a budget shortfall. A nearly identical bill was approved by the House earlier this year in a regular legislative session and never came to a full Senate vote.

The New Mexico Sentencing Commission estimates the three-strikes expansion could cost state government $60 million over 15 years in increased incarceration costs.


10:40 a.m.

The New Mexico House of Representatives has reconvened to consider harsher punishments for violent crime and proposals to address the state’s budget deficit.

The Republican-dominated House on Sunday was considering a proposal to expand existing three-strikes legislation that requires a life sentence for criminals with three or more violent felony convictions. The bill would provide a longer list of applicable offenses.

The Senate has adjourned after approving a slate of deficit-reduction measures and would return by Thursday if the House continues working. A Senate proposal to delay corporate income tax reductions stalled in a House committee on taxation Saturday, over the objections of several House Democrats.

The Legislature has approved one deficit reduction measure that would reduce contributions to a health care fund for retired state employees.



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