NM Committee Preserves Emissions Rules

New Mexico – A panel of New Mexico lawmakers has stalled another effort aimed at undoing rules that would curb greenhouse gas emissions statewide and allow New Mexico to participate in a regional cap-and-trade program.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday voted 7-4 to table the bill introduced by Republican Sen. Clinton Harden of Clovis.

The bill also targeted rules that adopted clean car standards for New Mexico and requirements for establishing prevailing wage and fringe benefit rates for public works projects. The bill would have required that agencies that adopted the rules to start the rulemaking process from the beginning.

The same committee voted last week to table a similar measure that sought to nullify four regulations related to greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmentalists say they're pleased with the committee's actions.

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