New Mexico House Democrats

Memorial to Address the Environmental Impact of a Border Wall Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to address the environmental impact of a border wall passed the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee. HM 52, sponsored by Reps. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces) and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would request that the State Land Office, the Dept. of the Environment, and the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department jointly conduct a study on the impact of a border wall on wildlife along the New Mexico/Mexico border.

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House Joint Memorial to Support Dreamers and Immigration Reform Passes Committee, Heads to House Floor

Santa Fe – A joint memorial to support Dreamers and immigration reform passed the House State Government, Indian and Veterans Affairs Committee today. HJM 20, sponsored by Reps. Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), Gail Chasey (D-Albuquerque), Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), and Senator Richard C. Martinez (D-Espanola), would express the legislature’s support of Dreamers and requests a legislative commitment to work on immigration reform.

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House Democrats Pass Joint Resolution to Invest in Early Childhood

House Democrats Champion Investing in Children, New Mexico’s Future Economic Success

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, the House Floor passed House Joint Resolution 1 (HJR1), a constitutional amendment that seeks to uplift New Mexico children by increasing funding for early childhood education, by a vote of 36-31. Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martínez (D-Albuquerque), Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), HJR1 invests in our state’s most precious resource, our children, by increasing enrollment in early childhood education and providing a strong return on investment to New Mexicans.

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House Joint Memorial to Support Behavioral Health Services Passes its First Committee

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a House Joint Memorial sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen (D-Las Cruces) that would support behavioral health services, passed the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. HJM 2 would create a comprehensive plan for the establishment of publicly funded inpatient mental health services in southern New Mexico.

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House Education Committee Vice Chair: Educators to Legislators Day A Huge Success

Santa Fe – Today, the Senate Education and House Education Committees hosted a special joint hearing, coined “Educators to Legislators”, to give teachers an opportunity to speak directly to legislators about the tools and initiatives students need to succeed.

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Speaker Egolf Praises Passage of Comprehensive, Bipartisan Public Safety Package

Santa Fe – Today, Speaker Egolf (D-Santa Fe) praised the House Floor for passing a comprehensive, public safety package sponsored by both Republican and Democratic legislators. This package is a bipartisan effort to keep New Mexico communities safe by using a comprehensive framework that addresses crime across the entire criminal justice system.

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New Mexico House Democrats Celebrate Native American Heritage, Honor Representative Nick Salazar

Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico House Democrats hosted American Indian Day to celebrate New Mexico’s Pueblos, Tribes, and Nations’ contributions to the state and the country. American Indian Day celebration began with cultural festivities in the Rotunda, then moved to a joint session where New Mexico’s Tribes and Pueblos were recognized on the House Floor, and concluded with a special ceremony honoring the service of retiring Democratic Representative Nick Salazar.

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HOUSE FLOOR UPDATE

After American Indian Day presentation and the ceremony recognizing Democratic Representative Nick Salazar, the House will remain on the floor and will take up the bipartisan Comprehensive Public Safety Package.

House Committees will convene immediately after the floor adjourns.

House Bill 286, a bill to address severe child abuse, will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. You can view that committee at this site when it convenes here: http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00293/harmony

Bill to Support Services for Sexual Assault Survivors Moves Forward

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to support services for sexual assault survivors unanimously passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. HB 203, sponsored by Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) appropriates money from the general fund in order to provide sexual assault resources for New Mexicans across the state.

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Memorial to Increase Quality Classroom Time for Students Passes Committee

Santa Fe, NM- Today, a memorial to support teachers by reducing their amount of required paperwork passed unanimously in the House Education Committee. HM 34, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos), would convene a task force to study the feasibility of a reduction in paperwork required of education employees, and would modify the New Mexico administrative code to aid in that reduction.

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