MLG money grab swipes $1.2 billion

New Mexicans on losing end of MLG money grab Santa Fe, NM-  The deadline to sign legislation from the regular 60-day Legislative Session was on Friday, April 9, 2021. Governor Lujan Grisham dumped a flurry of vetoes Friday afternoon, including significant state budget slashes that swipe federal COVID relief funds duly allocated by the Legislature. […]

‘Marijuana Road Safety Plan’ introduced by Rep. Rehm

Rep. Rehm introduces the ‘Recreational Marijuana Road Safety Plan’ amidst Gov’s pot special session Santa Fe, NM- The first special session of 2021 began at noon in the Roundhouse. The session was called by the Governor following the adjournment of the regular 60-day session and the failure of recreational cannabis legalization, a high priority bill […]

MLG burns transparency on pot bill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 29, 2021 Governor burns public transparency on marijuana Santa Fe, NM- The New Mexico Legislature will meet for special session in less than 24-hours to address the Governor’s failed pot legalization measure. The original five proposals spectacularly went up in smoke in the final days of first 60-day session. Despite the special […]

MLG ‘holy grail’ pot bill blocks Easter again

MLG pushing for ‘holy grail’ pot bill, while blocking Easter holiday again for second year Santa Fe, NM- House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia), Whip Rod Montoya (Farmington), and Caucus Chair Rebecca Dow (TorC) questioned Governor Lujan Grisham’s decision to put Easter on the backburner again. Last year the governor’s administration was fiercely criticized after […]

Rep. Kelly Fajardo appointed to national committee

Rep. Kelly Fajardo appointed to executive committee for Republican Legislative Campaign Committee Los Lunas, NM- New Mexico State Representative Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas) has been selected to join the 2021 executive committee for the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC). The executive committee is RLCC’s largest caucus and only national organization devoted to electing Republican state […]

Bill to break up ABQ Public Schools presented in Roundhouse

Bill to break up Albuquerque Public Schools is presented in Roundhouse APS has become a bureaucratic mess unable to address the needs of the several distinct communities in Albuquerque. Rep. Rehm’s plan would direct the district to appoint a committee of key stakeholders to develop a plan to reorganize the district in order to build […]

Health committee passes buck on marijuana

Health committee punts marijuana bill, with issues, to next committee Santa Fe, NM- Marijuana legislation was heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee today. Saturday, HB 12 and HB 17were up for public comment, and in the second day of committee hearing, HB 12 passing the committee and a separate measure, HB 17, was tabled. In […]

Bipartisan push for local control of learning hearing tomorrow

Bipartisan House bill to give back local control to school boards to be heard in Health committee Santa Fe, NM- House Bill 182, a measure that would provide local school boards with the discretion on allowing in-person learning during a public health order, will be heard tomorrow, February 10, at 8:30am in the House Health and […]

Possession of a firearm while human or drug trafficking halted

Anti-crime bill tackling human and drug trafficking with a firearm halted in first legislative hearing Santa Fe, NM- Representative Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) today presented House Bill 81, an anti-crime bill that would have made being in possession of a firearm while trafficking drugs or trafficking a human , a criminal offense. While the original bill […]

Rep. Gail Armstrong working to support NM firefighters

Rep. Gail Armstrong working to support New Mexico firefighters Santa Fe, NM- Representative Gail Armstrong (R-Magdalena) has filed House Bill 238, legislation that would redirect funds back to the Fire Protection Fund. Currently the fund receives only 42% of fees collected, with 58% reverting to the general fund every year.  Directing 100% of the funds to the Fire Protection Fund will […]

Utility rate increases supported by Dems

House Dems put radical agenda ahead of low-income New Mexicans Santa Fe, NM- Democrat lawmakers in the House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee (EENC), today tabled a measure that would have ensured fair and equitable protections for every New Mexican against out-of-control utility rate increases. House Bill 176, would have protected hardworking New Mexicans from […]

Social security tax exemption update

Social Security tax exemption on deck for committee hearing Santa Fe, NM – Tomorrow, February 2nd at 1:30pm, House Bill 49, legislation aimed at exempting social security earnings from New Mexico income tax, will be heard in the House Labor, Veterans’ and Military Affairs Committee (HVLMC). The measure is sponsored by Rep. Gail Armstrong (R-Socorro), Rep. […]

GOP sues over constitutional rules

House Republicans file lawsuit over unconstitutional rules changes “Even in a pandemic, the Constitution cannot be put away and forgotten”.  Roman Catholic Diocese of  Brooklyn v Cuomo,  United States Supreme Court (November 25, 2020) Santa Fe, NM- State Representative Jim Townsend (R-Artesia), Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington), and Rep. Larry Scott (R-Hobbs) today filed a lawsuit with the New […]

NM Democrats push through rules that block transparency and public access

House Republicans push back on Democrat rules that block transparency and public participation Santa Fe, NM- The House Rules and Order Committee met today to pass Democrat changes to the way the House Chamber will operate. The New Mexico House of Representatives has operated under the same rules for the two special sessions in 2020, […]

Bill to decertify NM electors presented by Rep. Brown

Rep. Brown introduces bill to decertify New Mexico Biden electors Carlsbad, NM – The New Mexico 2021 legislative session will begin at noon on January 19. Starting this week, legislators have started to pre-file legislation for consideration during the 60-day session. State Representative Cathrynn Brown has announced that she will introduce a bill to decertify […]

Gov adjust retail limits, frontline workers still awaiting relief

Gov flip flops on retail restrictions while frontline, low-wage workers await needed relief Santa Fe – Today, with less than two weeks remaining in the holiday shopping season, the Lujan Grisham administration finally walked back retail capacity restrictions that have been forcing New Mexicans to wait in long lines for food and other necessities. This […]

NM Budget Outlook Updated

House GOP urges caution as NM budget outlook is updated Santa Fe – Today, the Legislative Finance Committee received an updated revenue outlook for New Mexico’s budget as the state continues under the forced economic shutdown imposed by Governor Lujan Grisham. The turmoil in the state budget began in mid-March 2020 when oil and gas […]

MLG’s flip-flop is too late for many in NM

House GOP: Gov’s flip-flop on COVID response is too-little, too-late for many in NM Santa Fe – Following Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s last-minute holiday scramble to provide COVID-19 relief to businesses and unemployed New Mexicans, the Governor is now reversing course on her statewide approach. The Governor will now implement a “county-by-county, three-tiered” system for […]

Special Session Coronavirus relief

Minor glimpse of bipartisanship led by House Republicans Santa Fe – House Bill 1, the 2nd 2020 Special Session Coronavirus Relief bill, still leaves much to be desired, however consideration given to House Republican concerns signaled a rare moment of bipartisanship. House Republican efforts in negotiating and drafting of amendments produced a unique opportunity for across-the-aisle […]

Public cannot be excluded from the People’s House

GOP Leader Townsend: The public cannot be excluded from the People’s House Late last week, the New Mexico Legislative Council, a bipartisan panel made up of House and Senate leadership, was presented a potential plan to hold the upcoming 2021 Legislative session in a hybrid format that would have the legislature contract with the Santa […]

Ethics Commision clears Dow in false complaint

State Ethics Commission clears Rep. Dow of false and baseless political complaint  Truth or Consequences – The New Mexico State Ethics Commission (SEC), late yesterday evening, dismissed the frivolous and politically motivated claims made against State Representative Rebecca Dow. The SEC provided notice to Rep. Dow of probable dismissal of the false claims filed against […]

NM Governor blasted for COVID response

House GOP blasts Governor for not taking responsibility of COVID crisis Santa Fe- Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the economic shutdown citing concerns over the increase in COVID-19 cases, despite the state having some of the most restrictive public health orders in the nation.  House Republican Leader Jim Townsend and Whip Rod Montoya expressed […]

GOP calls out progressives for silence

House GOP calls out progressives for silence that justifies public destruction Farmington – Following the destruction of one of New Mexico’s oldest historic monuments, House Democrats released a statement “condone[ing] violence,” and later corrected it to “condemn[ing] violence.” The Freudian slip follows months of silence by progressive lawmakers on the violent and destructive – “mostly peaceful protests.” The statement, released […]

House GOP is Backing the Blue

House Republicans are “Backing the Blue,” reaffirming longstanding commitment to NM law enforcement Santa Fe – The New Mexico House Republican Caucus today expressed their longstanding commitment to New Mexico law enforcement. In an open letter to “Backing the Blue,” all 24 House Republican Representatives conveyed their support for NM law enforcement and committed to […]