SENATE BILL 274
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
Roberto "Bobby" J. Gonzales
RELATING TO LAW ENFORCEMENT; AMENDING THE REGIONAL TRANSIT DISTRICT ACT TO CLARIFY PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 73-25-19 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 2009, Chapter 57, Section 2) is amended to read:
"73-25-19. AUTHORIZATION TO EMPLOY [COMMUTER RAIL SERVICE] DISTRICT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS--POWERS AND DUTIES OF OFFICERS.--
A. A district [that operates a commuter rail service] may employ [commuter rail service] district law enforcement officers for the district and assign duties to the officers.
B. At all times while on duty, [commuter rail service] district law enforcement officers shall carry commissions of office issued by the district. [Commuter rail service] District law enforcement officers shall have the powers of peace officers on all property, tracks, rights of way, easements, vehicles, buses, vans, railcars, locomotives and facilities owned, leased, licensed, maintained or operated by the district. Within this territory, a [commuter rail service] district law enforcement officer may enforce all applicable laws, ordinances and regulations, but no arrest for violation of any law, ordinance or regulation is valid unless, at the time of arrest, the [commuter rail service] district law enforcement officer is wearing:
(1) a distinctive badge bearing the name of the district issued by the district; or
(2) a distinctive uniform prescribed and issued by the district.
C. A person employed by the district as a [commuter rail service] district law enforcement officer shall fulfill the requirements for certification in Subsection A of Section 29-7-6 NMSA 1978 within one year of the date of first employment.
D. A district may contract with other law enforcement agencies to provide law enforcement services for
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