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Governor Unveils Series Of Powerful TV Ads To Fight Drunk Driving

on November 26, 2015 - 10:43am
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled a series of powerful TV ads to fight drunk driving on the state’s roads and highways.
These new ads feature New Mexico State Police officers sharing their personal stories of coming face-to-face with the real and horrible consequences of drunk driving, witnessing the devastating fatal crashes and having to inform families that their loved ones have been killed.
To view these new ads, visit here.
“Our police officers are often the first on the scene. They see firsthand  with their own two eyes  the horror when someone decides to take

Udall Introduces Updated Bill To Expand DOE Tech Transfer, Build NM’s Economy

on November 26, 2015 - 10:36am
WASHINGTON ― U.S. Sen. Tom Udall unveiled his updated bill to streamline the process for moving cutting-edge research and development from our national labs into the marketplace.
Udall has championed technology transfer as a way to advance high-tech industries and create jobs in New Mexico.
While Udall has successfully pushed the Department of Energy (DOE) to improve tech transfer, there is still much work to do.
The Accelerating Technology Transfer to Advance Innovation for the Nation (ATTAIN) Act will cut bureaucracy and better facilitate public-private partnerships at the

Martinez Announces $1 Million Expansion Of CYFD’s Family Support Worker Program

on November 26, 2015 - 10:09am
LOS LUNAS — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a $1 million expansion of the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) Family Support Worker program, which she initiated as a pilot program in Bernalillo County in April of 2014.
The program will now serve six New Mexico counties and provides specifically high-risk families with service and support aimed at preventing child maltreatment. 
Martinez also urged legislators to enact stiffer penalties for those who assault child abuse caseworkers in New Mexico.
“Expanding the number of family support workers is critical to our

Heinrich Urges President To Work With Bipartisan Group To Protect Working Americans From Cadillac Tax

on November 26, 2015 - 10:07am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined U.S. Sens. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and U.S. Reps. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and Frank Guinta (R-N.H.) in sending a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a bipartisan, bicameral meeting to discuss a plan to eliminate the "Cadillac Tax," a 40 percent excise tax on health insurance plans set to take effect in 2018.

Heinrich and Heller introduced bipartisan legislation last month to fully repeal the onerous tax.
"If we do not act to eliminate this harmful tax, it is inevitable that more health

MADD, Senator Udall, Sheriff Gonzales Remind New Mexicans Drive To Sober Or Get Pulled Over

on November 25, 2015 - 10:23am

  • DWI-related deaths spike from Thanksgiving through New Year’s

ALBUQUERQUE - Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) have teamed up with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales to kick off the 2015 holiday season anti-drunken driving campaign.

The holidays are a particularly deadly time of year on the roads, with DWI-related crashes and deaths spiking from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.

Udall, Heinrich Urge LWCF Reauthorization, Funding Before Year Ends

on November 25, 2015 - 6:57am
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and a bipartisan coalition of 12 other senators sent a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kent.) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to include the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) along with full mandatory funding in one of the bills Congress must pass before adjourning for the year.
“The LWCF is funded with offshore oil royalties and was designed not to use taxpayer dollars.

Political Cartoon By Petr Jandáček

on November 22, 2015 - 10:02am

By Petr Jandáček/Los Alamos

Luján Discusses Need To Improve New Mexico’s Mental And Behavioral Health System

on November 21, 2015 - 6:41am
WASHINGTON, D.C.  In the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee markup earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District discussed the need to improve the mental and behavioral health systems in New Mexico and across the nation. 
New Mexico’s behavioral health system is in a state of crisis following the freezing of payments to15 behavioral health providers and the eventual closure of a number of these organizations, as well as the exit of some of the Arizona providers that came into replace them. 
Luján offered an amendment to