House Bill 366, “Roxy’s law”, passed its first test of many on Saturday when members of the New Mexico House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee voted 8-4 in favor of passing the bill. HB 366 would prohibit commercial and recreational trapping across New Mexico’s public lands.
On February 7, the committee heard nearly three hours of public testimony from supporters and opponents of the bill. Supporters included ranchers, farmers, hunters, and many rural New Mexicans. Several trapping victims testified, including Dave Clark of Española, whose dog, Roxy—the bill’s namesake—was strangled in a snare.
The bill now goes to the House Judiciary Committee.
Read the press release.