New Mexico House Democrats

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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Key Renewable Energy Bill Introduced

Santa Fe – Today, the sponsors of House Bill 426, the Renewable Energy Transmission Authority Study Act, released statements on the bill’s introduction and its importance to New Mexico’s efforts to expand renewable energy. House Bill 426, sponsored by Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Abbas Akhil (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Natalie Figueroa (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Karen C. Bash (D-Albuquerque), would appropriate $300,000 to the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority to study and make recommendations for renewable energy transmission infrastructure and storage in New Mexico.

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Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Passes House, Heads to the Senate for Consideration

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to decriminalize abortion advanced in the House Chambers. House Bill 51, sponsored by Rep. Joanne J. Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), would repeal the outdated and unconstitutional pre-Roe v. Wade statute that has remained on the books and criminalizes abortion.

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Bill to Raise Minimum Wage and Improve New Mexicans’ Quality of Life Advances Second Committee, Heads to House Floor for Consideration

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to increase the minimum wage passed the House Commerce & Economic Development Committee. House Bill 31, 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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Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Advances House Judiciary Committee, Heads to House Floor for Consideration

Advocates, community members join together once again to share support for the bill, personal stories

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to decriminalize abortion advanced the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 51, sponsored by Rep. Joanne J. Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), would repeal the outdated and unconstitutional pre-Roe v. Wade statute that has remained on the books and criminalizes abortion.

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Publication of Capital Outlay Information Bill Passes the House of Representatives Unanimously

Santa Fe, NM – Today, House Bill 262, Publication of Capital Outlay Information, sponsored by Representative Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), was passed by the New Mexico House of Representatives. This bill would require Legislative Council Service to publish a list of all projects included in capital outlay bills passed by the legislature, including the amounts allocated to projects by each legislator.

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Pregnant Workers’ Protection Passes

Rep. Chasey’s Bill to Expand Human Rights Act Advances

Santa Fe – Today, the House Labor, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee passed legislation designed to make New Mexico more open and equitable to pregnant women in the work-force. This bill makes certain that women can continue to earn a living while maintaining a healthy pregnancy and be reassured of their job security. 

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Rep. Rubio Works to Make Roads Safer for Bicyclists

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill sponsored by Representative Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) and Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) to ensure bicyclist safety passed the House Transportation, Public Works, and Capital Improvements Committee.

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Rep. Joseph Sanchez’s Bill to Help Families of Missing Persons Passes House Floor Unanimously

Named the “Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement”

Santa Fe – Today, Rep. Joseph Sanchez’s (D-Alcalde) bill to help families of missing persons passed the House of Representatives unanimously. House Bill 16 would require the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to share pertinent missing persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, created by the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.

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