Governor’s power grab is approved by Democrats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 16, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Governor’s power grab is approved by Democrat lawmakers Santa Fe, NM– The Governor’s unconstitutional power play to strip the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) of their ability to protect utility rate payers in the state passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 11, sponsored […]

House GOP fights against Democrats health tax increase

House GOP fights for New Mexicans against Democrats cash grab health insurance tax increase Santa Fe, NM- Today House Democrats passed HB 278, the Health Insurance Tax & New Fund bill. The measure will create a 300% tax increase on New Mexico health insurance premiums. Representative Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) is sponsoring the legislation following the […]

House GOP urges Governor to act on repeal of Social Security tax

House GOP urges Governor to support Social Security tax repeal with budget reductions Santa Fe, NM- House Republicans are standing with their colleagues, Representative Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) and Representative Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad), in their effort to repeal New Mexico’s tax on Social Security income. The entire House Republican caucus signed and delivered a letter urging […]

NM Budget outlook $94 million in the hole despite record surplus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 13, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Current NM Budget outlook is $94 million in the hole despite record surplus Santa Fe, NM- The Legislative Finance committee releases to staff a daily update on the state’s fiscal health as the session budget is drafted and moves through the legislative process. House Republican leaders […]

GOP Leader delivers faith leader letters to Governor opposing marijuana bill

House GOP Leader delivers faith-based letters opposing Governor’s marijuana legalization bill Santa Fe, NM- House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) delivered several letters from New Mexico faith leaders to Governor Lujan Grisham concerning their opposition to the push by her administration to legalize recreational marijuana. Leader Townsend additionally delivered the letters package to Senator Cervantes, […]

Democrat red-flag gun rush to finish continues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 11, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Democrats red-flag gun rush to finish continues Santa Fe, NM- Following a delay of several hours, the House Consumer and Public Affairs (CPAC) committee kicked off the first and only public committee hearing of the highly controversial red-flag gun bill, SB 5. Despite six amendments […]

GOP members call on chair for fair debate on red-flag gun bill

GOP members of committee ask chair for fair debate on red-flag gun bill Santa Fe, NM- One of the 2020 legislative session’s most controversial bills is moving through the House of Representatives at breakneck speed. Senate Bill 5, the Governor’s red-flag gun initiative passed the Senate over the weekend.  House Speaker Brian Egolf assigned the […]

Rep. Schmedes amendment for transparency tabled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Rep. Schmedes amendment for transparency in prescription service prices denied by Democrats Santa Fe, NM– Today the House of Representatives debated in the chamber House Bill 42, a Democrat sponsored bill that would require insurance providers to reimburse clinical pharmacists for medication they prescribed. Representative […]

Rep. Dow amendment to fund at-risk youth killed by Democrats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Rep. Rebecca Dow amendment to fund at-risk youth denied by Democrats Santa Fe, NM– Today the House of Representatives debated in the chamber House Joint Resolution 1, a Democrat sponsored constitutional amendment that would increase the distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund. Representative Rebecca […]

IRB change moves forward with GOP Leader’s amendment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov IRB legislation moves forward with GOP Leader Townsend amendment Santa Fe, NM– The New Mexico House of Representatives today passed an amended version of House Bill 50, a measure to change the Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) Act to include electric transmission facilities projects. House Republican […]

Rep. Rehm’s crime bills move forward in omnibus package

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 8, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Rep. Rehm’s crime bills move forward in Anti-crime Omnibus Bill SANTA FE, NM— The conversation on out of control crime continues in Santa Fe today with the House Judiciary committee hearing the Anti-crime omnibus bill. Representative Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) presented his two bills part of […]

House GOP response to red-flag gun law Senate passage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov House GOP response to Red-flag law SANTA FE, NM— Senate Bill 5, the red-flag gun law, passed the Senate today and moves to the House for debate. The red-flag legislation being pushed by the Governor and progressive Democrats received considerable opposition from New Mexico Sheriffs, […]

Social security exemption stalls in House tax committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Social Security exemption tabled by House committee SANTA FE, NM— A proposal to stop taxing New Mexico retirees’ Social Security income was tabled today by the House Taxation and Revenue committee. Representative Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad) and Representative Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) are co-sponsors of House Bill […]

Rep. Gail Armstrong calls for $1 million to County & Tribal Health

Rep. Gail Armstrong carries bill to deliver $1 million for County and Tribal Health February 7, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Santa Fe, NM– Representative Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) presented House Bill 143 in the Health and Human Services committee. The appropriation measure will deliver $1 million dollars to fund the state’s County and Tribal Health […]

NM Governor’s unconstitutional effort to consolidate control of PRC moves forward

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 6, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Governor’s unconstitutional effort to consolidate control of PRC moves forward Santa Fe, NM –  The House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources committee today approved House Bill 11, sponsored by Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), a measure that would reorganize the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) […]

The People’s Budget voted down by Democrats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov ‘The People’s Budget’ voted down by Democrats Santa Fe, NM- House Democrats today voted down ‘The People’s Budget,’ a proposal presented by Representative Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho) as an alternative to House Bill 2.  “It is shocking that our colleagues continue to spend at these reckless […]

NM House GOP announces ‘The People’s Budget’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 5, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov House Republicans announce, “The People’s Budget,” alternative spending plan Santa Fe, NM- NM Representative Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho) today announced an alternative spending plan, The People’s Budget. The New Mexico House of Representatives is scheduled to hear House Bill 2, the Appropriations and Finance committee’s […]

GOP Reps sponsor DWI legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov GOP Reps Rehm and Schmedes sponsor DWI legislation Santa Fe, NM- Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) is sponsoring House Bill 38 that will enhance and provide tools for law enforcement to enforce impaired driving laws. Additionally, Representative Gregg Schmedes (R-Tijeras) is carrying HB 231, co-sponsored by […]

House GOP Reps push for social security exemption

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Republican lawmakers proposing legislation to exempt social security from NM income tax SANTA FE, NM— Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R-Carlsbad) and Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) yesterday presented House Bill 29 in the House Labor & Veteran Affairs committee. HB 29 proposes to exempt social security income […]

House GOP joins 2nd amendment advocates at Roundhouse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov House GOP joins 2nd amendment advocates at the Roundhouse Santa Fe, NM- Today House Republicans joined 2nd Amendment advocates at the capitol in response to the Governor and Democrat leaders push for red-flag legislation. Both chambers in the legislature are currently hearing bills that would […]

Tax committee passes gas tax increase

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov House tax committee passes regressive increase of NM gas tax Santa Fe, NM- The House Taxation and Revenue committee today moved forward a gas tax measure sponsored by Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Santa Fe County) on party line vote of 8-4. House Bill 173 will nearly […]

Rep. Tim Lewis seeks Fine Arts education funds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Rep. Tim Lewis seeks funds to support Fine Art education programs Santa Fe, NM- Rep. Tim Lewis (R-Rio Rancho) will present HB 239 a bill that seeks to deliver increased funding to New Mexico Fine Arts education programs. As the legislature continues to build its […]

House Republican transparency rule change moves forward

House Republican call for increased transparency moves forward in committee FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2020 Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov Santa Fe, NM- The House Rules & Order of Business committee today met for the first time during the 2020 legislative session. House Republican Leader Jim Townsend presented House Resolution 1 that will make public […]

House GOP Whip Montoya issues statement on NM Green New Deal ruling and PRC issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2020 House Republican Whip issues statement on NM Green New Deal Supreme Court decision and PRC issues Contact: Matt Garcia-Sierra, m.garciasierra@nmlegis.gov SANTA FE, NM— Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington) on Wednesday issued a statement regarding the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision in Egolf v. NMPRC and the Governor’s legislative push to […]