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Major tax credit programs set to propel the state

Major tax credit programs set to propel the state towards a sustainable and green future

EMNRD hails House Bill 252, driving a robust green energy economy

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) lauds the passage of House Bill 252, the Omnibus Tax Package, sponsored by Rep. Derrick J. Lente. It supports a robust clean energy economy for all New Mexico households and businesses, protecting the environment, human health, and natural resources. The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for her signature.

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Democrats Deliver on Key Priorities in Productive 30-day Session

Sine Die: House Democrats Deliver on Key Priorities 
in Productive 30-day Session

In addition to historic budget investments, the legislature also passed dozens of critical bills addressing priorities like community safety, education, and healthcare

Santa Fe, NM - The second session of New Mexico’s 56th Legislature adjourned sine die at noon today, concluding a productive 30-day budget session. 

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Legislature approves much of Governor’s agenda

With public safety agenda incomplete, governor considers special session  SANTA FE – The New Mexico Legislature adjourned its 30-day session on Thursday having passed much of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s legislative agenda. However, the governor is seriously considering a special session to press for additional public safety protections that New Mexicans demand. 

Lawmakers approved a $10.2 billion budget for FY 2025, a 6.8 % increase over current-year state spending. The Legislature passed a total of 72 bills, 48 of which were proposed or supported by the governor and state agencies. Bills backed by the governor and approved by lawmakers make significant investments in New Mexico roads, parks, literacy programs, health care and more, but much work remains to be done. 

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Senate Bill 241 implements nationwide background checks

Senate Bill 241 implements nationwide background checks for Aging Department, moves to governor’s desk 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives unanimously passed Senate Bill 241, Aging Department Background Checks, with a vote of 63-0. The bill updates the background check requirements for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) and is now headed to the governor’s desk for her signature. 

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Governor applauds passage of House Bill 195

Governor applauds passage of House Bill 195 to make changes to Opportunity Enterprise Revolving Loan Fund

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today celebrated the passage of House Bill 195, sponsored by Reps. Linda Serrato, Meredith A. Dixon, and Joy Garratt and Sen. Michael Padilla. The legislation makes changes to the Opportunity Enterprise Revolving Loan fund (OERF) at the New Mexico Finance Authority, opening it up to support housing infrastructure and workforce development housing projects. The bill is accompanied by a $125 million appropriation to the fund for housing in the FY25 budget. 

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RPNM Statement on Conclusion of the 2024 Legislative Session

February 15— On today's conclusion of the Second Session of the 56th Legislature, Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman and former congressman Steve Pearce, gave the following statement:

"This legislative session has underscored the Democrat one-party-rule engrossing our state that favors far-left special interests over the needs and wants of the people of New Mexico.

The purpose of this session was to discuss the budget. With a multi-billion-dollar surplus from oil and gas, Republicans tried to reduce taxes and put more money into the pockets of New Mexicans. In contrast, Democrats sought to increase government spending and impose new taxes.

Republicans proposed a 1% flat rate for personal income tax, which was killed by Democrats. This would have returned $1.75 billion to taxpayers offering much-need relief from inflation.

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Bill banning firearms from polling places on way to governor’s desk

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate passed an amended public safety bill Wednesday that largely prohibits the carrying of firearms at polling places.   

The Firearms Near Polling Places bill, Senate Bill 5, sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth and supported by the governor, prohibits the carrying of firearms within 100 feet of a polling place during an election with some exceptions.  

“New Mexicans should be able to exercise their right to vote without fear of intimidation or, worse, violence,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “This legislation solidifies what we already know: Guns do not belong at polling places.” 

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Clean Transportation Fuels Standard Passes Senate

BILL NOW HEADS TO GOVERNOR

SANTA FE, N.M. (February 14, 2024) – A major environmental bill for this session, the Clean Transportation Fuels Standard, HB 41, has passed the Senate and now heads to the Governor for signature. The bill passed off the Senate floor last night by a vote of 26-15.

The legislation, if signed by the Governor, would require the state’s transportation sector to reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 20% by 2030 and 30% by 2040, cutting air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

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