New Mexico House Democrats

On Eve of Parkland Tragedy, House Floor Passes Gun Safety Measure to Save Lives

Santa Fe – Tonight, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed a gun safety measure designed to save lives. House Bill 83, Extreme Risk Firearm Protection Order act, sponsored by Representative Daymon Ely (D-Corrales) and Representative Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque), would be a tool to help prevent violent crimes by allowing families and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily suspend a person’s access to firearms if that person appeared to pose an immediate threat to themselves or others.

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Bill to Raise Minimum Wage and Improve New Mexicans’ Quality of Life Passes House Floor, Heads to Senate

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to increase the minimum wage passed the House Floor. House Bill 31, as amended, sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), would increase the minimum wage in phases, remove the minimum wage exception for tipped workers, and provide an annual cost-of-living increase indexed to inflation beginning in 2022.

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Doña Ana County Delegation Statement on Anti-Gay Student Attack

Santa Fe – Today, The Doña Ana County Democratic Delegation of the House of Representatives released the following statement regarding Friday’s anti-gay student attack that occurred at Zia Middle School:

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Recreational Cannabis Bill Advances

Includes strong public health and safety provisions, investments in safety, education

Santa Fe- Today, a bill to regulate recreational cannabis use in New Mexico advanced in the House Health and Human Services Committee. House Bill 356, sponsored by Rep. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), would include strong public health & safety provisions, and investments in safety and education.

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Common-Sense Gun Measure to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Abusers Advances House Floor

Santa Fe – Tonight, a common sense gun measure to keep guns out of the hands of abusers advanced the House Floor. House Bill 87 as amended, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), would amend the Family Violence and Protection Act to create a new requirement that a person subject to an Order of Protection must relinquish all owned/possessed firearms to a law enforcement officer while the order is in effect. Violating this would result in a misdemeanor.

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Background Checks to Prevent Gun Violence Passes House Chamber

Santa Fe – Today, House Bill 8, the “Background Check for Firearms Act,”  sponsored by Rep. Debra M. Sariñana (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 8 would require background checks when conducting sales of a firearm.

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“Only Yes Means Yes” Bill Advances to House Floor

Santa Fe – Today, the House Education Committee passed a bill to add consent language to the state’s sexual education curriculum. House Bill 133, sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), would require public schools and public post-secondary educational institutions to adopt policies and procedures addressing affirmative consent and prevention of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

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Rep. Moe Maestas’ Bill to Stimulate Economic Development and Job Creation for Small Businesses Advances

Santa Fe – Today, Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas’ (D-Albuquerque) bill to stimulate economic development and create more jobs for small businesses in New Mexico advanced in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. House Bill 384, the Historically Underutilized Business Opportunity Act, would create a “HUB” certificate for small businesses and encourage the use of these New Mexico businesses in gaining contracts by state agencies.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Passes House Chamber

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the House Chamber passed a bill sponsored by Representative Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) and Representative Andrea Romero (D-Santa Fe) to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. House Bill 100 celebrates New Mexico’s indigenous and Native American communities. 

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Bill to Expand Autism Health Care Access Passes House Committee

Santa Fe – Today, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed legislation to remove age restrictions and ensure parity with treatment for other physical conditions on health insurance for treatment of autism. House Bill 322, sponsored by Reps. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Karen Bash (D-Albuquerque), and Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque) expands access to health care coverage for New Mexicans with autism.

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