Budget vetoes include more cuts for Native Americans, Education, and Health
SANTA FE – Governor Susana Martinez signed the budget yesterday, but not before exercising line item vetoes that remove accountability and transparency for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding. Many of the budget items that were completely cut hit Native Americans, healthcare professionals, the elderly, and higher education the hardest.Read more
Legislation would reduce requirements to generate renewable energy
SANTA FE, NM – House Bill 445, “Reduce Renewable Portfolio Standards” sponsored by Republican Representative Larry Scott (D-Lea County) was passed on the House floor this evening by a close vote of 33-32. Several Republicans voted against the bill.
HB 445 repeals part of the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that requires New Mexico public utilities to generate 20% of their electricity from renewable energy by 2020, as required in the Renewable Energy Act. This bill would eliminate a portion of that act, keeping the rate at the current 15% and preventing it from being increased.Read more
Republicans vote against a proposal to ensure that 200-2000% interest rate lending scams end in New Mexico
SANTA FE, NM – Today, during the House floor debate on House Bill 356, Representative Deborah Armstrong introduced the Economic Security amendment that would have capped high risk small loans at 36%. Every Republican present voted against the proposal. Rep. Maestas Barnes, Rep. McMillan, Rep. Pacheco, and Rep. Zimmerman were all immediately excused once the Economic Security amendment was introduced.Read more
HR 2 seeks more transparency in government by keeping a record of House committee and floor proceedings
SANTA FE, NM – House Resolution 2, “Archive House Audio and Video Streams” sponsored by Rep. Steinborn (D-Dona Ana) was passed in the House Appropriations Committee after initially having been tabled.Read more
Legislation now heads to the Senate
SANTA FE, NM – House Bill 148, “No Smoking in Cars with Minors” sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe) received a Do Pass with a bipartisan vote of 34-23 on the House floor this evening.Read more
Rep. Jeff Steinborn and Bipartisan Legislators Introduce Legislation to Create Statewide Rio Grande Trail
The “Rio Grande Trail” Would Connect Iconic New Mexico Landscapes and Cultures
A group of bipartisan legislators from across New Mexico introduced legislation today to establish a statewide recreation trail from Colorado to Texas called the Rio Grande trail. Legislators, tourism officials and small business owners say the new trail would be a boost for jobs along the route, as well as provide a new high quality recreation opportunity for New Mexico residents.
Legislation focuses on equipping teachers for English Language Learning students
SANTA FE, NM – House Bill 373, “New Mexico ELL Teacher Preparation Act,” introduced by Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Tomas Salazar (D-Las Vegas) passed its first committee hearing Wednesday, February 18 in the House Education Committee. A similar bill sponsored by Senator Bill Soules of Las Cruces has been introduced to the New Mexico Senate.Read more
Representative Javier Martinez's Bill to Let Students Make Their Voices Heard in School Board Elections Clears Committee
By Deborah Baker / Journal Staff Writer
UPDATED: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm
PUBLISHED: Monday, February 16, 2015 at 5:39 pm
Legislation that would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections has begun moving through the state House.
It’s believed to be a first-time proposal; no similar bill has been introduced in the Legislature over at least the past 45 years.Read more
Bill Ensures Access to Services to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Abortion
Representative Deborah Armstrong, a long-time women’s health care advocate and member of the House Health Committee, on Tuesday, along with 28 cosponsors, introduced legislation that establishes common ground on women’s health care by ensuring access to health care services – rather than restricting access.
“The Women & Family Health and Wellness bill allows members to unite behind a common goal of providing high-quality health care for women, which will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and abortions in New Mexico,” Armstrong said. “Unlike other bills, this legislation does not restrict access to care. It provides common ground for all members to stand on – regardless of their views on abortion.”Read more