New Mexico House Democrats

Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact Passes House, Heads to Governor’s Office

Today, Members of the House of Representatives voted unanimously to adopt the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC), allowing nurses to practice in New Mexico and 27 other states without additional licensing requirements.

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Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact Moves to the House Floor

Santa Fe, NM - Today, members on the House Health and Human Services Committee voted unanimously to adopt the Enhanced Nursing Licensure Compact (eNLC), allowing nurses to practice in New Mexico and 27 other states without additional licensing requirements.

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Video: Speaker Egolf Releases Video Ahead of Governor's Remarks

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Speaker of the New Mexico House of Representatives Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) released a state of the state video ahead of the Governor’s remarks on the House Floor. The video gives an overview of the struggle New Mexicans have faced under dire budget conditions and the work House Democrats will work on to put the state on better economic footing for the future. The video also outlines the House Democrats’ priorities to grow the economy, keep our communities safe, and create opportunities for New Mexico families.

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Updated, Comprehensive Harassment Policy Adopted at the New Mexico Legislature

Santa Fe, NM – This evening, the bipartisan effort to update the New Mexico Legislature’s harassment policy was adopted unanimously by the Legislative Council. The policy ensures that training is regularly provided to legislators and staff, that individuals who have experienced harassment have a clear process to follow for reporting of harassment without fear of personal or political retribution, and that every complaint brought forward is addressed swiftly and fairly.

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Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings August 21-25, 2017


Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

August 21-25, 2017


SANTA FE, NM – The following legislative interim committees are meeting the week of August 21-25, 2017

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House Dems Fight to Preserve Services for Nations, Tribes and Pueblos

Under Threat by Federal Budget, House Dems Are Fighting to Maintain Services for Kids, Seniors and Most Vulnerable


Gallup N.M. – This week, the legislative Interim Indian Affairs Committee (IAC) has been meeting in the heart of Indian country, listening to presentations and testimony from tribal leaders and community members alike about the myriad of challenges facing the 22 Pueblos and Tribes of New Mexico. Of biggest concern to House Democrats are the cuts in services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) being proposed in President Trump’s 2018 budget.  The proposed cuts would dramatically impact an already underfunded and strained system, potentially forcing parents, seniors and the most vulnerable to seek services from state government to help fill the gaps. 

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In a New Mexico First, Female Rep. Chairs Science Committee

Committee to Oversee Legislation Involving Science, Technology and Telecommunications

Santa Fe, NM – As the ink dries on interim committee assignments, Representative Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) has been tapped to Chair the Science, Technology, and Telecommunications Committee during the legislative interim. This marks the first time in New Mexico state history that a woman will serve as Chair of this Interim Committee, and the first interim Chair position for the freshman Representative.

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Statement From Speaker Brian Egolf and Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen on Petition for Writ of Mandamus Filed Today

Santa Fe, NM - Earlier today, Legislative Council filed a petition for Writ of Mandamus in Santa Fe District Court seeking invalidation of the vetoes of ten bills passed during the regular session. Speaker Brian Egolf and Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen issued the following statement:

“Effective governing requires clear communication between the executive and legislative branches. Although those bills passed both chambers with strong bipartisan support, the legislature remains in the dark regarding Governor Martinez’s objections to those bills she attempted to veto. By seeking Mandamus, we are protecting the legislative process and ensuring that the Governor complies with the constitution. If successful in the Court, we will not only have succeeded in maintaining separation of powers, but in enacting these ten bills our state can better prepare students for high-paying careers in STEM, support small businesses to grow and thrive, and provide opportunity to New Mexicans everywhere.” 

Full list of bill unconstitutionally vetoed:

Speaker Brian Egolf's Statement on the Governor's Post Special Session Actions

Santa Fe, N.M. –

“New Mexicans were counting on their elected officials to come together and put New Mexicans first during this Special Session, and I believe we have done that. With the Governor’s signature on a bipartisan budget that restores funding for higher education and the legislature, we can now move forward with laying down a framework that puts job creation and education at the center of economic development and investment in our kids. Despite the success of the bipartisan budget, I am dismayed that commonsense legislation to create sustained revenue, and provide over $100 million in new money for Medicaid, as well as efforts to level the playing field for small businesses and hospitals will have to wait another year to become law."

House Dems Decline Per Diem Pay as Special Session Goes Into Recess

Declination of $164 Per Diem Signals a Need to Save While State’s Financial Security Remains in Perilous Territory


Santa Fe, N.M. – TODAY, House Democrats signed a pledge that they would not collect their daily per diem of $164 while the House stands in recess as legislators await action from the Governor on the recently passed budget and related bills.

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