New Mexico House Democrats

Joint Resolution to Invest in New Mexico’s Children Passes Committee

House Democrats Champion Initiative to Lift Generations of Children out of Poverty

Santa Fe – Today, the Joint Resolution to invest in New Mexico’s children advanced in the House Education Committee. HJR 1, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), is a constitutional amendment that seeks to raise up New Mexico by investing 1% from the Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) into quality early childhood education programs.

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Bill to Expand Access to Voting Advances First Committee

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand access to voting advanced in the House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee. House Bill 86, sponsored by Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), Rep. Debra Sariñana (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces), would provide voter registration at polling places on election day and at early voting sites for primary and general elections.

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PASSED: Legislation to Protect Survivors and Witnesses

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the House passed a bill sponsored by Representative Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), Senator Jacob Candelaria (D-Albuquerque), and Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) to protect the privacy of survivors and witnesses. Senate Bill 118 ensures transparency in public records and protects private identifying information of survivors and witnesses.

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PASSED: Legislation to Reform Lobbyist Reporting

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the House Chamber passed a bill sponsored by Representative Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) and Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque) to reform lobbyist reporting and bolster government transparency. Senate Bill 191 closes the loophole that allows expenses under $100 to go unreported.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Passes House Committee

Santa Fe, NM – Yesterday, the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed House Bill 100 to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Representative Derrick Lente released the following statement:

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Four Education Bills Advance Unanimously

House Democrats move initiatives to help strengthen New Mexico students, educators

Santa Fe – Today, the House Education Committee advanced four initiatives to help New Mexico students and educators. 

“These are initiatives that will make our education system stronger,” said Chair of the House Education Committee G. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque). “These policies reflect our values as a state, and give us hope for a brighter future for New Mexico students. If our teachers have the resources they need for the classroom, then our students have what they need to succeed.”

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House Leadership Honors Representative Henry “Kiki” Saavedra

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the House of Representatives honored the late Representative Henry “Kiki” Saavedra (D-Albuquerque), who passed away this morning. Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Rep. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup) released the following statements:

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Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s Bill to Allow Medical Aid in Dying Advances First Committee

Bill is named the Elizabeth Whitfield End of Life Options Act

Santa Fe – Today, the House Health and Human Services Committee passed a bill to allow medical aid in dying. House Bill 90, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics (D- Cerrillos), would allow mentally capable adults with a terminal illness to request and self-administer life-ending medications prescribed by a health care provider.

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Bill to Decriminalize Abortion Advances First Committee

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

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to decriminalize abortion advanced the House Consumer and Public Affairs 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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Rep. Christine Trujillo’s Bill to Fund Domestic Violence Services Advances First Committee

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to fund domestic violence services in New Mexico advanced through the House Health and Human Services Committee. House Bill 62, sponsored by Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque), would make an appropriation of $2 million to the Children, Youth and Families Department to fund services related to domestic violence.

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