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New Mexico lawmakers seek to end penalties for youth in prostitution

ALBUQUERQUE - Children who are subjected to prostitution won’t be treated as criminals under legislation being considered by the state Legislature.

The legislation sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey, an Albuquerque Democrat who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, proposes changing state law so that prostitution would no longer be considered a punishable offense or delinquent act for New Mexico youth. The committee passed the proposal on Wednesday.

The state’s children’s code currently lists prostitution among numerous offenses for which juveniles can be arrested and taken into custody.

Under the measure, the Children Youth and Families Department would instead refer children and teens younger than 18 to community-based services. The youth would be connected with counseling and housing services, Chasey said. The bill does not define the scope of those services.

Read more: https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/legislature/2019/01/31/child-prostitution-new-mexico-lawmakers-seek-end-penalties/2728233002/

Medicaid could open to paying customers

SANTA FE – New Mexico would open its Medicaid program to paying customers in an effort to expand affordable health care options under proposed legislation unveiled Wednesday.

The measure from Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque aims to create a Medicaid buy-in option for state residents who make too much to qualify for Medicaid coverage or marketplace subsidies under the Affordable Care Act but still may struggle to afford adequate care. Medicare recipients would not be eligible.

The concept was embraced by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on the campaign trail last year, and her budget recommendation for the coming fiscal year includes some initial funding.

Under the proposal, state residents would pay a monthly premium to the state in return for medical insurance under the state’s Medicaid program, which currently serves low-income families and individuals.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/1274869/medicaid-could-open-to-paying-customers.html

Heidi Cruz talked to Trump about World Bank president job

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump interviewed Heidi Cruz, the wife of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, for the World Bank president job this week, but passed her over for the position, a spokeswoman for the Texas Republican said Wednesday.

Heidi Cruz, 46, reportedly met in the Oval Office with Trump on Monday, following meetings last week with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House advisor Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter. She also

The Trump interview, first reported by Bloomberg News, came after she was approached by the administration early in the search process that started this month with the announced departure of current World Bank president Jim Yong Kim.

A Harvard Business School graduate and Goldman Sachs managing director, Heidi Cruz is known to have strong ties both in the banking industry and in the Treasury Department, where she ran a Latin America group.

Read more: https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/politics/article/Heidi-Cruz-talked-to-Trump-about-World-Bank-13578332.php
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