The Latest: Ban-the-box bill sent to New Mexico governor

March 12, 2019 GMT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

A bill that would remove criminal history questions from initial job applications in the private sector is headed to the governor’s desk.

The bill from Democratic Sen. Bill O’Neill of Albuquerque cleared the Legislature on a 45-15 vote of the House with all Republicans who were present in opposition.

A similar bill was vetoed in 2017 by former GOP Gov. Susana Martinez.

Under the new bill, private employers may take prior convictions into consideration after an initial review of the job application and a discussion of employment.


Similar “ban-the-box” regulations that eliminate prior convictions from check lists on job applications have been adopted in at least 11 states that include California, Illinois and Washington.


7 a.m.

A bill is headed to the governor that would prohibit local governments from enacting right-to-work ordinances that prevent employees from being required to join a union or pay union fees.

The Senate on Sunday voted 23-19 to approve the bill from Democratic Reps. Daymon Ely of Corrales and Andrea Romero of Santa Fe. Republicans and three Democrats opposed it.

Ordinances have been approved by several counties in New Mexico that prevent employees from being required to join a union or pay union fees. The proposed legislation asserts the state’s exclusive jurisdiction. Union leaders contend the local ordinances create confusion and are undermining the labor groups.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining.