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NM Legislative Session 2020

This is provide information on the 30-day New Mexico Legislative Session 2020

SANTA FE – Direly needed pension reform legislation passed the New Mexico state House on Monday on a bipartisan 40-28 vote. Senate Bill 72 now goes to concurrence. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement: 

“I applaud the Legislature for their commitment to current and future retirees. With their vote today and with the tremendous bipartisan support this proposal has earned throughout the session, lawmakers have sent a clear message to public employees and public retirees: We will honor the promises that have been made, we will ensure the solvency of our retirement fund and New Mexico’s pension system will remain the best in the country. There should be no illusion: These changes require sacrifice. The legislation ensures the sacrifice is shared and that vulnerable groups are protected, as is retirees’ sacred defined benefit.”

House Democrats Champion Initiative to Lift Generations of Children out of Poverty

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a Constitutional Amendment that would invest tens of millions of dollars every year into the success of New Mexico’s kids, passed the Senate Rules Committee. 

House Joint Resolution 1, sponsored by Representative Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), and Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), is a constitutional amendment that uplifts New Mexico’s kids through increased distributions from the $20 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) for quality early childhood education programs. Decades of early childhood education research shows that children are most likely to succeed in life when they enter school with early language and math skills, as well as a strong sense of self-identity. 

Santa Fe, NM– The Governor’s unconstitutional power play to strip the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) of their ability to protect utility rate payers in the state passed the House of Representatives. House Bill 11, sponsored by Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), a measure that would reorganize the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and provide the Governor with veto power in appointing the elected body’s Chief of Staff. Currently the PRC is an elected body in New Mexico and has recently been the subject of a lawsuit from Governor Lujan Grisham’s administration based on differing views on the implementation of the New Mexico Green New Deal otherwise known as the ETA.

“From what I have heard from my community, I do not believe that this bill will protect utility rate payers in New Mexico,” said Representative Larry Scott (R-Hobbs), “This bill moves power to the executive branch and that stands contrary to the protections provided by our State Constitution. The PRC was created to protect New Mexicans from partisan politics, and this is simply bad governance.”

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs for New Mexicans unanimously passes the House Floor.

Senate Bill 1, The Wholesale Prescription Drug Importation Act, would dramatically lower patients’ prescription drug costs by expanding the state pharmaceutical market beyond the U.S. – a nation with some of the highest drug prices in the world.

Far too many hardworking New Mexicans cannot afford the medication they need. Sponsored by Representative Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque) and Senator Mary Kay Papen (D-Doña Ana), SB1 redresses years of insidious drug price gouging that actively harms the most vulnerable New Mexicans. 

Addressing questions, House Judicial Committee substitute accepted and approved by House Judiciary Committee

Santa Fe, N.M. – Today, a good government bill to reorganize New Mexico’s Public Regulations Commission passed the House of Representatives.

To better serve the needs of New Mexicans, House Bill 11 proposes reorganizing and modernizing the PRC to ensure that the State is ready to carry out its important technical and regulatory functions. The passage of House Bill 11 provides direction for the State of New Mexico to be a leader in energy, infrastructure, and health and safety. Sponsored by Representative Linda Trujillo (D-Santa Fe) and Representative Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces), House Bill 11 implements structural changes that provide additional technical, qualified, and professional staff, along with the necessary leadership to provide commissioners the objective direction they need to make informed and timely decisions.

SANTA FE – A bill authorizing the state to pursue the importation of lower-cost wholesale prescription drugs from Canada received final legislative approval Sunday when it passed the House of Representatives by unanimous vote. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued the following statement:

“This measure received unanimous support through every step of the legislative process because getting New Mexicans the medicine they need at a cost they can afford is a bipartisan, common-sense issue. I applaud the Legislature for making sure New Mexico is at the front of the line for this program, and I promise to sign Senate Bill 1 quickly so we can begin the process of significantly reducing drug costs.”

Senate Bill 1, sponsored by Sen. Mary Kay Papen and Rep. Debbie Armstrong, authorizes the New Mexico Department of Health to develop a plan making New Mexico one of the early states to apply for federal approval to import wholesale drugs from Canada.

STATE OF NEW MEXICO
54th LEGISLATURE

Monday, February 17, 2020

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE LEGISLATURE
1. REPUBLICANS FIGHT MASSIVE HEALTH TAX INCREASE PROPOSAL

Progressive Democrats can't get enough of those tax increases. This weekend House Democrats passed HB 278, the Health Insurance Tax & New Fund bill. This legislation will create a 300% tax increase on New Mexico health insurance premiums. This bill comes after the federal government reduced insurance premium costs. Sponsors say that New Mexico should divert the federal tax cut from the pockets of New Mexicans and use it to bolster the already overspent state budget and create an ambiguous and secretive health fund. More pains for hard-working New Mexicans.

Bill would help lower costs and make healthcare more affordable for New Mexicans

Santa Fe, N.M. - Today, House Bill 278, bolstering New Mexicans who have slipped through the cracks of our broken health care system, passed the House on a vote of 41-25. House Bill 278 would transform the landscape of health coverage in New Mexico by establishing and financing a Health Care Affordability Fund. Sponsored by Representative Deborah Armstrong (D-Albuquerque), Representative Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque), and Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Albuquerque), House Bill 278 addresses the health care cost crisis, which has left thousands of New Mexicans uninsured.

The Healthcare Affordability Fund is expected to generate around $70 million annually by leveraging a fee that corporate insurance companies currently pay to the federal government for expanding the Affordable Care Act.

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