New Mexico House Democrats

“Only Yes Means Yes” Bill Advances

Santa Fe – Today, the House Health and Human Services 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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Bill to Ensure Sexual Assault Survivors Receive Services Advances First House Committee

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to fund sexual assault services advanced the House Health and Human Services Committee. House Bill 80, sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil (D-Albuquerque), would make a $3.3 million appropriation to the Crime Victims Reparation Commission for sexual assault services.

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Rep. Liz Thomson and Rep. Melanie Stansbury's Legislation Expanding Access for Developmentally Disabled Passes First Committee

Santa Fe – Today, a bill sponsored by Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and co-sponsored by Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. House Bill 68 addresses the chronic problem of long waitlists for the developmental disabilities waiver services in New Mexico.    

 

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House Passes Bill to Expand Economic Opportunity for Farmers and Ranchers

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill sponsored by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces) and Rep. Raymundo “Ray” Lara (D-Chamberino) to expand economic opportunity passed the House floor. House Bill 203 will include value-added agriculture to our statewide economic development plan. 

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Rep. Gail Chasey and Rep. Christine Trujillo’s Bill to Connect Human Trafficking Victims to Vital Services Passes First Committee

Santa Fe, NM – Yesterday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque) and Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. House Bill 56 decriminalizes prostitution and connects human trafficking survivors to critical services. 

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Rep. Patty Lundstrom and Rep. Harry Garcia Announce Significant Investment for Grants High School

Santa Fe – Yesterday, Reps. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup) and Harry Garcia (D-Grants) announced that Grants High School received an award for $900,000 from the Public School Capital Outlay Council and $600,000 in matching funds from the District for football field and track improvements 

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Rep. G. Andres Romero’s Bill to Expand Access to Higher Education Advances First Committee

Santa Fe – Today, Rep. G. Andres Romero’s (D-Albuquerque) bill to expand access to higher education advanced the House Education Committee. House Bill 127 would increase the scholarship amount for students and the distribution from the College Affordability Endowment Fund.  

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Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s Bill to Support Behavioral Health Advances First Committee Unanimously

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services Committee unanimouslyHouse Bill 43 provides interventions for offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration. 

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Rep. Debbie Armstrong’s Bill to Improve Access to Contraception Advances First Committee

Santa Fe – Today, a bill sponsored by Rep. Debbie Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) that would improve access to contraception passed the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee.

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Bill to Raise Minimum Wage and Improve New Mexicans’ Quality of Life Passes First Committee

Bill sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia and Rep. Joanne Ferrary advances

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to increase the minimum wage passed the House Labor, Veterans,’ and Military Affairs 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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