New Mexico House Democrats

Vote to Put Patients First Makes History

New Mexico House votes to reform step-therapy practice

Santa Fe, NM – Tonight, a bipartisan bill to ensure patients get the right medication at the right time made history, and passed the House Floor. Senate Bill 11, sponsored by Representatives Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D-Albuquerque), Monica Youngblood (R-Albuquerque) and Senators Elizabeth "Liz" Stefanics (D-Cerrillos) and Gay G. Kernan (R-Hobbs), would improve “step therapy”, the practice used by insurance companies to cut costs by requiring patients to try more affordable treatment options before more expensive ones. SB 11 would allow doctors to skip treatments that have already proven ineffective or harmful and prescribe more effective treatments first.

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Bill to Help Fund Libraries and Historic Preservation Efforts Heads to the Governor’s

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a bill to allow the New Mexico State Library and the state Historic Preservation Division to fundraise for the support of their programs and services passed the Senate Floor unanimously. House Bill 117 is sponsored by Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), and would authorize the two organizations to seek non-state funds.

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UPDATE: Bipartisan Public Safety Package Clears Another Hurdle

Santa Fe, NM – The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with bipartisan support today and will move to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

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Rep. McQueen Wins Support of House to Prevent Theft in Evacuation Zones

Santa Fe, NM - A bill that would work to prevent theft in evacuation zones is heading to the Senate. House Bill 32, sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo), would protect the property of New Mexicans who have to evacuate their homes during a natural disaster, by holding those that commit burglary in an evacuation zone accountable to a higher degree.

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UPDATE: Bipartisan Public Safety Package Assigned to Senate Committees

Santa Fe, NM – The bipartisan public safety package that passed the House with overwhelming support will move to the Senate Judiciary and Senate Finance Committees.  

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Reps. Harry Garcia and D. Wonda Johnson Honor Vietnam Veterans

Santa Fe, NM – Two memorials to honor Vietnam veterans passed the New Mexico House. HM 69 requests that a bridge located on Interstate 40, exit 47, at the continental divide, be named after Jackson Gibson. HM 70 requests that a bridge located at Interstate 40, exit 81, in Grants be named the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.” Both memorials are sponsored by Reps. Harry Garcia (D-Grants) and D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock).

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House Votes to Protect Native Children

Santa Fe, NM – Today, a House Memorial sponsored by Reps. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque) and Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) to protect the rights of Native children and tribes, passed the House Floor. House Memorial 83 requests the Tribal Indian Child Welfare Consortium make recommendations to ensure the local governments and the state are fulfilling the obligations set out in the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

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Memorial to Evaluate Tribal Community Needs Garners House Support

Santa Fe – Today, a memorial to evaluate tribal community needs passed the House Floor by unanimous consent. House Memorial 75, introduced by Reps. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), D. Wonda Johnson (D-Church Rock), and Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo), requests state agencies to work with tribal advisory groups to develop and recommend policies and legislative considerations.

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Rep. Doreen Gallegos’ Bill to Boost Small Business Passes House

Santa Fe, NM – Representative Doreen Gallegos’ (D-Las Cruces) bill to boost small business passed the New Mexico House today. House Bill 79 would promote small, local businesses by making Small Business Saturday tax free at small businesses in New Mexico.

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Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Seeks to Increase Quality Classroom Time for Students

Santa Fe, NM- Today, a memorial to increase quality classroom time for students passed the New Mexico House. 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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