House Democrats reveal plan to combat crime | KOB 4

House Democrats reveal plan to combat crime Web Staff
November 16, 2017 10:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- State Democratic lawmakers have unveiled a crime-fighting plan for the upcoming legislative session. Some Republicans want to know what took them so long.


The plan by House Democrats includes creating a statewide fund that communities can use to hire more police officers. They also want to focus on more funding for the entire criminal justice system, behavioral health treatment, and new penalties for felons caught with guns.

Lawmakers say it's especially important to fix Albuquerque's crime problem because it makes an impact across the state.

"When there's a crime crisis in Albuquerque, it affects us all," said House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe. "Whether you're in Jal, Farmington, Raton, or Roswell, we're all affected by the crime crisis here in Albuquerque one way or another."

Some Republicans are praising House Democrats for focusing on crime. This comes after complaints about the GOP's high crime agenda in previous sessions.

"You're going to see a repeat of a lot of the legislation that's been carried, and I think what's happening is people are starting to listen to their constituents," said state Rep. Kelly Fajardo, R-Los Lunas. "They're starting to listen to the victims, and they're the ones that matter."

Republicans also hope to revamp the state's three-strikes law for repeat offenders.

The 30-day legislative session starts Jan. 16.

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