District 40 Rep. Joseph Sanchez took over the seat held for 46 years by former rep. Nick Salazar.

Sanchez will sponsor four bills and is still determining what bills he will co-sponsor.

The first would require the state to use the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System — a free, nationwide database of missing persons that compiles information such as dental records.

“One of my constituents, his brother went missing a while back and they approached me a while back to see if I would be interested in learning about,” Sanchez said.

The majority of states already use it and it is federally funded, he said.

Sanchez represents areas in Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba and San Miguel counties and three of the bills he plans to introduce focus on rural issues.

He will sponsor a bill to fund a youth agriculture internship program through the New Mexico Department of Economic Development.

He also plans to introduce two bills specific to the individual counties he represents.

One is a bill to provide money for groundwater studies in Colfax and Mora counties.

The other would allow for a comprehensive study of the opioid issue in the County.

There are a lot of available resources and he wants to try and get bipartisan think tank New Mexico First to conduct the study, he said.

Sanchez said he was unable to provide specifics about the bills he plans to submit because he did not have the documents in front of him.

As freshman legislator, he was not able to prefile bills ahead of the Jan. 15 start legislature start date.

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