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Bill To Fund Domestic Violence Services Passes First Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 9:50am

SANTA FE - Today, a bill to fund domestic violence services throughout the state of New Mexico passed the House Health and Human Services Committee. 

House Bill 159 is sponsored by Reps. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), Joanne J. Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), and Elizabeth Thomson (D-Albuquerque) and funds domestic violence services through the Children, Youth and Families Department.

“We know that one in four women is a victim of domestic violence and that most often, that violence is perpetuated by a close family member or friend.

Bill To Support Behavioral Health Passes Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 9:30am
Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque)

SANTA FE – Today, a bill sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) passed the House Health and Human Services committee. 

House Bill 160 provides interventions for nonviolent offenders who have a behavioral health diagnosis in order to reduce the chances of repeat offenses, detention, and ineffective incarceration.

“This is a common sense measure and an important step forward in addressing the behavioral health crisis we are facing in our state.

How To Get Involved At The Roundhouse

on January 31, 2018 - 7:40am
Los Alamos

Democracy doesn’t end with the vote; it begins with the vote. If America is truly a representative democracy, our vote means that we have hired people to represent our values. 

Our responsibility is to learn how to communicate these values to our representatives. It’s tedious, seemingly futile work, but without our participation, our country will devolve into a plutocracy where the only squeaky wheels are owned by those who can afford to buy a network on which to squeak them.

Whether your candidate got elected or not, your responsibility is to stay informed—and keep your

Committee Approves Removing Statute Of Limitations For Second-Degree Murder

on January 31, 2018 - 7:15am
SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee unanimously approved Tuesday House Bill 33, legislation sponsored by Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) to remove the statute of limitations for prosecuting second-degree murder. 

Prior to approving the bill, the Committee agreed to substitute the original text with language combining HB 33 with a similar bill, HB 115, sponsored by Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque). Rehm is a retired officer with Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department and Maestas is a former prosecutor. 

New Mexico is the only state in the

Grassroots Groups Organize 2nd Annual People’s Rally

on January 31, 2018 - 7:04am
NMPC News:
SANTA FE — Community organizations will gather Feb. 5 at New Mexico’s state capitol building for the 2nd annual People’s Rally. 

This year’s theme is “Telling Our Stories. Demanding Progress.” 

Speakers from across the state will discuss issues that directly affect healthcare, unfair electoral systems, constant fear of deportation, racial equity, women's rights, and environmental devastation making a basic quality of life impossible. 

Volunteer legislative experts will be providing hands on training and tours 8:30 a.m.

Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes’s Bill To Fight DWI Passes First House Committee

on January 31, 2018 - 6:30am
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes
SANTA FE — The House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee passed House Bill 71, legislation sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes (R-Albuquerque) Tuesday afternoon, to close a loophole in the current law and help law enforcement officers stop people who are driving under the influence in New Mexico.
The bill is co-sponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Albuquerque).
HB 71 would allow law enforcement officers to obtain warrants for blood tests when individuals are suspected of any driving under

University Regent Reform Passes Key Committee

on January 30, 2018 - 4:57pm
SANTA FE  In a major stride forward in the reform of New Mexico’s higher education university leadership system, the Senate Rules committee Monday unanimously approved Senate Resolution 1.
Senate Joint Resolution 1, a proposed constitutional amendment, calls for the creation of “nominating committees” for our universities that would interview and recommend the best candidates to be considered for appointment by the Governor for serving as a regent.
If passed by the voters on the November ballot, nominating committees would be set up for each of the schools included

Rep. Jim Dines Gains House Approval Of Joint Memorial On Animal Violence - Family Violence Link

on January 30, 2018 - 4:56pm
Rep. Jim Dines
SANTA FE — Monday, the House of Representatives unanimously approved House Joint Memorial 3, bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Albuquerque) and Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque) to help state agency personnel identify potential family abuse issues. 
HJM 3 encourages the Children, Youth, and Families Department (CYFD) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to train their field agents about the link between animal abuse and family abuse.