The following is a press release from the office of Sen. Mary Jane Garcia (D-Doña Ana) regarding a measure that cleared the Senate floor on Thursday as part of Garcia’s ambitious child abuse package she proposed during this legislative session:
On the Senate Floor this afternoon, Senate Majority Whip Mary Jane Garcia (D-Doña Ana) successfully passed her SB76- Require Child Abuse Problems Study.
The legislation that passed today was a Senate Floor substitute proposed by Senator Garcia.
The bill, in this version, requires the Children, Youth and Families Department to collaborate with the schools of social work at NM Highlands and NM State University to conduct a study into child abuse problems in our state and recommend prevention methods. CYFD shall report the findings before November 1 of this year.
“I am very pleased that many of my colleagues recognized the urgent need for this bill,” stated Senator Garcia this afternoon. “Child abuse seems to be an epidemic in our state and we need to immediately investigate what can be done about it. This study bill complements the other measures in my child abuse prevention package, attacking the problem from several different angles at once.”
The remaining bills in Senator Garcia’s child abuse prevention package are:
- SB77- Child Abuse Incident training for Police (passed Public Affairs and Judiciary; next committee Finance)
- SB79- Child Abuse Public Awareness Campaign (passed Public Affairs; next committee Finance)
- SB213- Child Abuse as Leaving Kids in Certain Cars (assigned to Public Affairs, thence Judiciary).
On a side note, here is a link to an article written last week by Julie Ann Grimm on the efforts of the southern New Mexico Senator:
An interesting quote from the Senator in that article:
“If I am in the store and I see a woman beating up on a kid, I just want to go over there and slap the woman and shake her and say, ‘You don’t do that to a kid.’ I have always felt that way.” — Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Doña Ana