State senator receives award from New Mexico Association of Counties

Sen. Steve Neville earns Legislative Excellence Award

The Daily Times
Steve Neville

FARMINGTON — State Sen. Steve Neville, R-Farmington, will receive the 2017 Legislative Excellence Award from the New Mexico Association of Counties.

He will be presented with the award during the NMAC conference breakfast on Jan. 18.

According to a press release, Neville is being recognized for sponsoring and advocating for Senate Bill 46. The bill, which became law last year, required all telecommunications companies pay a surcharge to help pay for emergency dispatch centers. Previously only landlines were charged the 911 emergency services surcharge.

“Senator Neville truly understands the complexities and interests of county government, having previously served as a San Juan County commissioner and president of the New Mexico Association of Counties,” NMAC executive director Steve Kopelman said in a press release. “He is an extremely effective legislator and a strong advocate for counties, and for effective and efficient government. We are very honored to present Senator Neville with this award.” 

Neville has been in the state Legislature since 2005 and serves on the Senate Finance Committee. He is also the Senate Republican caucus chairman.

In addition to recognizing Neville, NMAC is also recognizing Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, for his work on taxation and revenue issues, as well as his support of funding for local DWI programs.