New Mexico House Democrats

Statement from the Speaker of the House

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) issued the following statement:

"Like many New Mexicans and Americans, I have watched in horror as the Trump Administration has implemented a new policy that forces cruel separations of children from their families at our southern border.  There is simply no excuse for this policy, and there is no excuse for the flood of lies that has come from the highest positions in our federal government.

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House Representatives on Both Sides of the Aisle Join Together to Create Jobs and Grow Economy in Southern New Mexico, First stop: El Paso Electric facilities

El Paso, NM - Today, Democrats and Republicans in the New Mexico House of Representatives visited various El Paso Electric facilities on their first stop of the Santa Teresa Area Jobs Listening Tour. This bipartisan tour brought House members into communities in southern New Mexico to learn about economic development successes and needs, and to listen and learn from local business and economic development leaders

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Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson Appointed to National Conference of State Legislatures Healthcare Working Group

Santa Fe, N.M. – This month, Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque) was appointed by the National Conference of State Legislatures to serve as a member of the Health and Human Services Policy Working Group. As one of only 40 members nationwide appointed, Representative Thomson will be a guiding force for the work of the Health and Human Services Committee.

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10 Bills to Become Law: Supreme Court Determines Governor Martinez Did Not Follow Proper Procedure in Last Year’s Veto Attempt

(Santa Fe, NM) – Ten bills that Governor Susana Martinez attempted to veto last year became law today after the Supreme Court ruled that objections to bills must accompany them when vetoed. Shortly after oral arguments, the judges returned to the courtroom with their decision. Chief Justice Nakamura said that there was no factual dispute and that this was a pure question of law, then affirmed that the State Constitution requires that the objections to bills, when vetoed, must accompany them when returned to the legislative body.

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***ADVISORY FOR TODAY, APRIL 5th*** TODAY: Democrats in Southern New Mexico to Call on Governor Martinez to Stop Militarization of New Mexico’s Southern Border

Las Cruces - Today, Democrats from border communities will call on Governor Martinez to stop the militarization of New Mexico’s Southern border. Earlier this week, President Trump announced that he would be calling on military personnel to report to the border region. Democrats will urge Governor Martinez to reconsider her decision to go along with this plan, which risks New Mexico’s economic benefits and cultural strengths as a border state.

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Senate and House Democrats Condemn Immigration Customs Enforcement Audits at New Mexico Schools

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Senate and House Democrats are joining together to condemn Immigration Customs Enforcement audits at schools around New Mexico. Due to recent ICE audits around the state, House and Senate Democrats want to reaffirm their strong stance against any audits or enforcement in or near New Mexico schools.

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Governor Vetoes Critical Investment in Tribal and Pueblo Broadband and Infrastructure Projects

Santa Fe, NM –Yesterday, Governor Martinez line-item vetoed numerous measures to invest in Native communities and infrastructure in tribes and pueblos across New Mexico, from the annual budget. These investments, included in House Bill 2, would have expanded broadband access, helped close the achievement gap, improved emergency communications, diversified local economies, and invested in water projects.

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Representative Javier Martínez Receives Ohtli Award, Recognized by Mexican Government and National Association for Bilingual Education

Santa Fe, N.M. – Following the legislative session, Representative Javier Martínez received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government, one of the highest honors given to those living outside Mexico. The Ohtli Award is bestowed upon leaders that have made significant contributions to the Mexican community in the United States and will be conferred at the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) conference.

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Two Bills to Protect Ill and Vulnerable New Mexicans Signed into Law

Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, two bills with bipartisan support from the House and Senate were signed by Governor Martinez and will now become law.

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Rep. Nathan Small’s Bill to Protect New Mexico’s Drinking Water is Signed by the Governor

Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, a bill to ensure New Mexican communities have safe drinking water by making it a crime to lie to inspectors from the New Mexico Environment Department was signed by the Governor. House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), imposes criminal penalties for owners and operators of public water systems who lie to inspectors from the Department of the Environment.

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