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Udall Applauds FCC's New Net Neutrality Rules

on February 26, 2015 - 11:41am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall welcomed a vote by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to approve updated open Internet rules.

The new rules prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and ban agreements between broadband providers and online companies that create Internet “toll lanes.” 

Udall has been outspoken in his support for a free and open Internet for all Americans.

Right-To-Work Compromise Passes House Floor

on February 26, 2015 - 7:34am


Bill Also Raises Minimum Wage To $8

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday night that will raise the minimum wage to $8 per hour and give workers the right to choose whether they financially contribute to a union.

The legislation – which passed by a bipartisan vote of 37-30 and will now head to the Senate – is the result of hours of debate and a compromise that not only creates a right-to-work law, but also raises the minimum wage to the third highest in the region.

“A vast majority of New Mexicans agree that our workers should never

Attorney General To Support Campaign Finance Disclosure Bill In House Committee Today

on February 26, 2015 - 7:33am

NM Attorney General Hector Balderas


Senate Bill 278, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith, will be heard this afternoon, by the House Safety and Civil Affairs Committee.

The bill, which requires disclosure of donors to independent political action committees, picked up a new supporter this week – the Attorney General. SB 384, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth, mirrors SB 278 in the Senate.

In a letter to the bill’s sponsors, AG Hector Balderas said, “We believe your bills will allow New Mexico laws to conform to U.S.

Udall Leads Push To Ensure Homeland Security Employees Are Paid Despite Potential GOP Shutdown

on February 25, 2015 - 12:06pm

  • More than 2,300 DHS employees in New Mexico could be hurt by shutdown

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced that he has joined several of his Democratic colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees are paid if congressional Republicans refuse to fund DHS by the end of this week.

Out of anger at President Obama's immigration policies, Republicans have proposed legislation with harsh anti-immigrant penalties and threatened to block DHS funding — including programs that are critical for New Mexico —

Plan Put Forward To Avoid DHS Shutdown

on February 25, 2015 - 8:43am

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

HSNW News:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has put forth a plan to avoid a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shutdown after Senate Democrats on Monday refused to approve a Republican-backed $40 billion DHS appropriation which would defund President Barack Obama’s 2014 immigration actions in order to fund DHS.

According to the Hill, McConnell’s plan would let some Democrats who want to vote against Obama’s 2014 immigration actions do so, while clearing the way for a separate vote on DHS funding.

“Some Democrats give the impression

New Mexico House Passes FY-2016 Budget

on February 25, 2015 - 7:39am

House Appropriations Committee Chair Larry Larrañaga


  • Budget Invests In Education, Economic Development & Protecting Children

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed its FY-2016 budget Tuesday, which maintains fiscal responsibility while funding some of the state’s most important priorities at the highest levels. It passed by a bipartisan vote of 42-25 and will now head to the Senate.

Among other things, the budget calls for more spending on education than ever before to improve New Mexico’s schools; increased funding into programs and initiatives to protect

Letter To The Editor: Parents Have Right To Opt Their Children Out Of Standardized Testing

on February 24, 2015 - 1:49pm
D-Catron, Grant and Socorro

There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC) that will be administered to students from grades 3-11 this spring.

I want to clarify the options parents have in deciding to opt their children out of taking this test.

Many of you have expressed concern and, indeed, dissatisfaction with the intensity of the current amount of standardized testing taking place in our schools.

Speaker Tripp Releases Statement On Passing Of Former House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez

on February 24, 2015 - 8:28am


SANTA FE – House Speaker Don Tripp released the following statement on the passing of former Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez:

“Gilbert Lopez dedicated his life to serving the people of New Mexico. Including his tenure as the sergeant-at-arms, Lopez served in the State Capitol for 23 years before retiring in 2014. He is a man of great honor. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Memorial honoring House Sergeant-At-Arms Gilbert Lopez at his retirement following the 2014 legislative session:

WHEREAS, after twenty-three years of working at the state capitol, Gilbert Lopez,