Bill to give maternity leave for middle schoolers makes it way through legislature

Posted at: 03/10/2013 9:45 PM
Updated at: 03/10/2013 10:48 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s the last week of the legislative session and there is plenty of work to be done.

A lot of bills are still up in the air.

One is aimed at helping young moms get maternity leave from school. That bill is now headed to the senate floor.

It passed a senate committee Sunday.

The texting and driving bill was in the hands of senators on the floor Sunday.

These bills has lots of people talking. If the bill aimed at pregnant middle school and high school students passes that means a student could get up to 14 days off school.

But some we spoke to Sunday said that’s not a good idea.

“When are they going to do the make-up work? You know, as a teacher my test scores are going to be tied to my pay. Her test scores are going to be tide to my pay,” said Ryan Angell of Albuquerque.

A recent study by Guttmacher Institute showed New Mexico has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the country.

In fact, out of every 1,000 teenage girls, 93 will become pregnant.

“How is it going to wrap back around where we’re taking care of her as well for that decision,” questioned Angell.

Another bill that had people talking is the one aimed at stopping people from texting while driving.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has been following this bill very closely.

If it passes, it could bring fines up to $300 on people who are caught texting and driving.

“It’ll help raise like people’s awareness like yeah, this actually is, it’s not like, oh no. It is a big deal because you can hurt people and you can kill people,” said Alexis Estrada of Albuquerque.

But some think the cost of that fine is too much.

“If they’re going to be charging that much at least fix the roads or something,” said Jorge Garcia of Albuquerque.

There are about six days left in this legislative session. That’s all the time lawmakers have to make decisions on these bills, among many others.