Statement from NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend on SOS Denial of Referendum Petition

ARTESIA—New Mexico House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) issued the following statement on the decision of Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to reject his draft petition for a referendum on Senate Bill 8, unenforceable legislation requiring background checks for private gun sales in New Mexico:   “Twenty-nine of New Mexico’s thirty-three sheriffs oppose SB 8. […]

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Rep. Alonzo Baldonado’s Years-Long Effort to “Ban The Box” Signed Into Law

 Senate Bill 96 provides a “fair chance” for applicants with prior arrests or convictions.  LOS LUNAS—Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas) cheered yesterday’s announcement that Senate Bill 96, legislation to “ban the box” on employment application forms in New Mexico, was signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. The new law was the result of five […]

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NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend Resubmits Referendum Petition on Anti-2nd Amendment SB8 to SOS

Townsend calls on Toulouse Oliver to let people decide SANTA FE—This afternoon, House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) renewed his effort to appeal for a public test of Senate Bill 8, legislation passed earlier this year that mandates citizen background checks on firearm sales in New Mexico. Townsend resubmitted his proposed draft petition to Secretary […]

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House Republicans Support Emergency Disaster Declaration after Tornados Strike Chaves County

Santa Fe – House Republicans are expressing support for an emergency disaster declaration for Chaves County after severe storms with tornados caused major damage. According to reports, tornados touched down near Dexter and Hagerman late Tuesday afternoon damaging homes and injuring residents. “We want to do all we can to help those affected by these awful […]

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House Republicans Fight to Make Millions in Public Works Funding Fair and Transparent

Every House Republican Commits to Disclosing All Infrastructure Requests Santa Fe –House Republicans are making it clear that infrastructure requests should be fair and open to the public, including Capital Outlay and so-called “junior money.”  Capital Outlay is the funding used to finance public works projects all over New Mexico. Each year, local leaders work with […]

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