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New Mexico Business Coalition talks about legislative session as of 022223

146b636a db24 4037 83cf 7f4f79a59657During the 2022 election and as the 2023 legislative session began, crime has been a major concern for most New Mexicans. Candidates for office and previously elected legislators vowed to pass laws to reduce crime. What we're seeing, however, is that some of those officials have voted to kill bills that would hold criminals accountable and help improve public safety. 

Read more about why where we're off track and how we hope to see a better ending to the 60 day session, HERE

Here are examples of public safety bills that have been stopped in committee: 


e38f214d dedf 4c27 aa3d 403feba2767cDid you know that New Mexico is still under public health 'emergency orders' after more than three years? 

While numerous published benchmarks (goalposts some call them) have been met long ago, the edict of an emergency still remains. This points out that the governor has unlimited power on this important issue. That's not good for the state. 

Two bills, detailed below, were introduced that would have added much needed balance between the executive and legislative branch when it comes to emergency orders.

HJR3: Termination of States, CA, sponsored by Greg NibertRandall Pettigrew, and Stefani Lord. The bill would have allowed voters to decide on amending the NM constitution so that an emergency order would be limited to 90 days without legislature approval.

SB65: Emergency Powers Code Changes, sponsored by Gregory Baca and David Gallegos. This bill would have required legislative approval for extending an emergency order that closed down public places or limited gatherings.

Both HJR 3 and SB 65 were killed last Wednesday afternoon by Reps Christine ChandlerAndrea RomeroEliseo AlconGail ChaseyJavier MartinezMatthew McQueen, and Reena Szczepanski

NMBC wants to thank Reps Bill RehmRyan LaneAndrea Reeb, and Greg Nibert for supporting these bills. Kudos also to 1,000's of grassroots advocates who participated in our Calls to Action sending emails and making calls to legislators. 

What else are we doing to make a difference in communicating with legislators? NMBC provides written letters to legislators in support of and opposition to many bills. Read more HERE.

New Mexico Business Coalition calls on Congress to deny changes to the state's Land Grant Permanent Fund

New Mexico (December 20, 2022) — The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) today called on Congress to deny changes to the state's Land Grant Permanent Fund. A copy of the letter sent to New Mexico's Congressional delegates is provided.

Despite numerous policy proposals and actions, New Mexico's expenditures on its educational challenges have not yielded the return on investment promised. The answer is not to increase the rate of LGPF disbursements, but instead to focus on direct learning programs that yield beneficial results without violating federal requirements.

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