New Mexico House Democrats

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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Rep. Sweetser’s Bill to Expand Internet Access in Schools Signed into Law

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand internet access in schools and libraries across the state was signed into law by the Governor. HB 207, introduced by Representative Candie Sweetser (D-Deming), would appropriate money from the general fund for broadband infrastructure in public school, tribal, and community libraries.

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Speaker Brian Egolf Appears on C-SPAN, Highlights Bipartisanship and Economic Development

Santa Fe, N.M. ­– Today, Speaker Brian Egolf appeared on C-SPAN’s “50 Capitals Tour” series to speak about how national issues are playing out at in New Mexico. Aboard the C-SPAN bus in Santa Fe, Speaker Brian Egolf highlighted the New Mexico Legislature’s bipartisanship and commitment to diversifying New Mexico’s economy. 

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