New Mexico House Democrats

N.M. Legislature Passes Bipartisan Budget to Invest in New Mexico’s Economy

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives and Senate voted to send the budget to Governor Martinez after a bicameral, bipartisan budget conference committee met. Appointed to the committee by House Speaker Brian Egolf were Reps. Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup), George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa), and Larry Larrañaga (R-Albuquerque). The conference committee was created to work out differences between the House and Senate budgets.

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Two Armstrong Measures to Fight Opioid Addiction Pass Legislature

The New Mexico House of Representatives has passed two key pieces of legislation, sponsored by House Health and Human Services Committee Chairwoman Debbie Armstrong, that would make it easier for opioid addicts in New Mexico to receive proven, effective treatment for their addiction.

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Bipartisan Bill to Allow Access to Approved Marijuana-Derivative Meds Heads to Gov’s Desk

Bipartisan legislation that Health & Human Services Committee Chairwoman Debbie Armstrong introduced with Rep. Monica Youngblood to allow New Mexicans access to FDA-approved marijuana-derivative medications passed the New Mexico Senate on Wednesday, and is now headed to the governor’s desk.

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Rep. Lente’s Bill to Improve Native American Student Success Passes Senate Committee, Heads to Senate Floor

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill that would improve Native American student success passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously. HB 151 requires a needs assessment to determine the services public school districts need to provide Native American students to improve graduation rates and college readiness.

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House Education Committee Passes Teacher Raises

Would Increase Minimum Teacher Salaries

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to raise pay for New Mexico teachers passed the House Education Committee and now heads to the House Floor. SB 119, sponsored by Senator Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), would increase minimum salaries for all teacher levels.

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House Affirms Human Rights for Immigrants

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to affirm human rights for undocumented people passed the New Mexico House. House Memorial 54, sponsored by Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), upholds the House of Representatives promote, enforce, and defend policies and procedures that protect the human and civil rights of all people in New Mexico regardless of their status.

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Joint Memorial to Make Elections More Fair Will Go to Congress

Santa Fe – A House Joint Memorial to make elections more fair passed the Senate Floor today. The memorial, sponsored by Rep. Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), calls for Congress to pass the “Fix It America” constitutional amendment. If this amendment were adopted by Congress, it would overturn the Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision, limiting the disproportionate influence campaign contributions have on elections, and ensuring political districts are drawn fairly.

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Rep. Ely’s Public Safety Measure Passes Senate Committee, Heads to Senate Floor

Santa Fe, NM- Today, Representative Daymon Ely’s (D-Corrales) Joint Memorial to create a criminal justice task force to address public safety in New Mexico passed its first Senate committee, Senate Public Affairs. HJM 16 seeks to identify issues of concern within the state’s criminal justice and public safety system.

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Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s Bill to Support Behavioral Health Heads to Senate Floor

Santa Fe, NM – Today, House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s (D-Albuquerque) bill to support behavioral health passed the Senate Public Affairs Committee. House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.

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House Recognizes Importance of NAFTA to New Mexico’s Economy

Santa Fe – Today, the House Floor recognized the importance of the North America Free Trade Agreement by passing a memorial introduced by Rep. Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces) with bipartisan support. The introduction of HM 86 comes after the current federal administration has expressed their desire to pull out of the agreement, a decision that would have negative impacts on New Mexico’s economy.

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