Updated: November 12, 2019 10:07 PM
Created: November 12, 2019 05:14 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Republican State Senator Craig Brant (R-Rio Rancho) plans to re-introduce a bill during the upcoming legislative session to try to prevent more school shooting threats.
The bill would make a school shooting threat a fourth-degree felony, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Currently, Brandt says it's a petty misdemeanor.
"Anyone, whether adult or kid, adult or student, need to be able to say there's going to be a penalty for me doing this. We've got to discourage this behavior in our laws," he said.
Brandt introduced a similar bill last legislative session, but it died in committee. This time around, he plans to make some changes to it.
"I'm going to keep filing this bill until we actually deal with the issue,” Brandt said. “I will try to continue to work with the other side to make language changes that make it palatable for them, but at the same time we have to keep it where it's actually going to be a serious penalty and so it's going to be taken seriously."
This next session is a short 30-day session. That means it's up to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to decide what bills lawmakers get to consider.
"To have the bill heard this session, people need to call the governor's office,” said Brandt. “Let's just be plain and simple. If you want this bill heard, if you want this issue dealt with in New Mexico, the governor has to put it on the call. The only way the governor's going to do that is with public pressure."
The governor has not said if Brandt's bill will be heard during the 2020 legislative session.
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