SANTA FE (KSMX)- State senators approved a bill that aims to curb animal overpopulation in the state. Senate bill 57 would tax companies that sell dog and cat food to create a program for spaying and neutering animals.
Senators passed the bill in a 27-14 vote. SB 57 will head to the House next for consideration.
Bill sponsor Jacob Candelaria (D-District 26) said the bill would help low-income families.
“Right now we know that a lot of local communities, lower-income communities, don’t have the resources to fund a spay and neuter program and so we have pet overpopulation,” Sen. Candelaria said.
Proponents of the bill said this tax could save thousands of animals and have minimal impact on consumers or businesses, but opponents disagree.