By Joel Williams
Santa Fe, New Mexico: The New Mexico House Labor and Human Resources Committee blocked a piece of legislation that would give clarity to current laws and allow judges to block workers' compensation for state employees who are drunk on the job. The legislation stems all the way back to a 2006 case, where an intoxicated garbage man fell off of his truck and was awarded $100,000 in workers' compensation benefits. The bill, sponsored by Dennis Roch (R), was first suggested by the New Mexico Court of Appeals because of conflicting laws on the issue. With the bill blocked in committee, it is now essentially dead for the remainder of the session. Roch would need a majority of the chamber to agree to hear the bill, which analysts deem unlikely given Speaker of the House W. Ken Martinez's opposition to the bill.