THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
1. “LOCK THAT DOOR” -- DEMOCRATS PROCEDURAL GAMES RESULT IN PASSAGE OF TWO ANTI-2ND AMENDMENT BILLS IN HOUSE
Late Friday evening, the House passed two bills, HB 8, "Background Check for Firearm Sales" and HB 87, "Domestic Violence and Firearm Possession"
From the Albuquerque Journal: “Procedural warfare erupted on the floor of the state House late Friday – as legislative staffers locked doors to the chamber and chased down missing lawmakers – before Democrats pushed through legislation that would require a background check on nearly every firearm sale in New Mexico.”
“‘Lock that door!’” House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D-Albuquerque, shouted to keep Republicans from leaving.”
By making a “Call of the House,” the Democrats forced Republicans -- all united in opposition -- to remain in the House chamber as they voted to pass both bills.
On House Bill 8: “All I see this bill doing is making it more onerous for responsible gun owners to uphold their Second Amendment rights,” Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, said, “and we all took this oath to uphold the Constitution.”
Republicans commend the following Democrats for going against their party machine and voting against HB 8: Harry Garcia of Grants, Patricio Ruiloba of Albuquerque, Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde and Candie Sweetser of Deming.
2. CONTROVERSIAL BILLS BEING HEARD IN COMMITTEES TODAY (SATURDAY)
House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee will continue hearings on House Bill 366, aka the “Wildlife Protection and Public Safety Act, “ which would ban trapping on public land.
House Health and Human Services Committee will hear House Bill 356, the Cannabis Regulation Act, which would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico.
House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hear House Joint Resolution 1 which would raid the permanent fund for early childhood education programs.
The Republican Party of New Mexico opposes all three of these bills.
3. REPUBLICAN HOUSE MINORITY LEADER TOWNSEND CALLS FOR CAPITAL OUTLAY TRANSPARENCY
Rep. Jim Townsend (R-Artesia) makes the case for capital outlay transparency in a new commentary on NMPolitics.net
“Our constituents should not have to read the fine print in order to see how their tax dollars are spent — and by whom. Accounting for individual earmarking and capital outlay isn’t always transparent, but it should be."