New Mexico House Democrats

Rep. Lente’s Bill to Improve Native American Student Success Passes House for Second Consecutive Year

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, Rep. Derrick Lente’s (D-Sandia Pueblo) bill that would improve Native American student success passed the House with bipartisan support. HB 151 would determine which services public school districts need to ensure Native American students have the resources to graduate and prepare for college.

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Proposal to Name State Highway 50 for Representative Lucky Varela Moves Forward

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to name State Highway 50 after former Representative Luciano “Lucky” Varela passed the House Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements Committee. The memorial was introduced by the Speaker of the House Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Representative Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup).

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Mapping the Path to Victory for Early Childhood Education Amendment

Santa Fe, NM – Tomorrow, Thursday, February 8th, Representatives Antonio “Moe” Maestas, Javier Martínez and Senator Linda Lopez will map out a pathway to victory for the Early Childhood Education Amendment, HJR 1. At the press conference the Representatives and Senator will also outline how universal access to early childhood education would close the achievement gap.

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Reps. Angelica Rubio, Joanne Ferrary Recognize the Role of Hispanic New Mexicans in Conservation Efforts

Santa Fe, NM – Today, HM 37, sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) and Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), passed the House Floor unanimously. The memorial recognizes the role of Hispanic New Mexicans in protecting and preserving the land, water, and wildlife across the country, but particularly in New Mexico.

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House Democrats Stop Bills That Undermine Local Governments, Harm Workers

Santa Fe, N.M. – This week, Democrats on the House Labor and Economic Development Committee stopped two bills that have been proven to lower wages and negatively impact worker rights. In the House Labor and Economic Development Committee, House Democrats stopped HB 169 and HB 189, two bills aimed at preempting local worker protections and stopping workers from collectively negotiating for fair wages, leave policies, and benefits, respectively.

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Solar Investment Gains Momentum

Santa Fe, NM – This week, the Business and Industry Committee passed House Bill 87, sponsored by Reps. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), Debbie Rodella (D-Española), and Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque), legislation to create a solar market development income tax credit and repeal the expired solar market development tax credit. With more than three hundred days of sunlight New Mexico is a prime candidate for solar development.

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High-Wage Jobs Investments Coming to New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM – The House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 200, introduced by Reps. Candie Sweetser (D-Deming) and Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), that would encourage urban and rural businesses to create and fill new high-wage jobs in New Mexico. HB 200 will promote economic development across the state.

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Rep. Sweetser’s Bill to Expand Internet Access in Schools, Libraries Moves to House Floor

Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand internet access in schools and libraries across the state unanimously passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. HB 207, introduced by Candie G. Sweetser (D-Deming), would appropriate money from the general fund for broadband infrastructure in public school, tribal, and community libraries.

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Memorial to Affirm Human Rights for Immigrants Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to affirm human rights for undocumented people passed the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee. HM 54, sponsored by Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), would uphold that 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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Memorial to Evaluate Tribal Community Needs Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to evaluate tribal community needs passed the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee. House Memorial 75, sponsored by Reps. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock), and Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), would request that state agencies work with tribal advisory groups to develop and recommend policies and legislative considerations.

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