This category will fill with information on the 30-day legislative session that begins on Jan. 18, 2022.

BREAKING: MLG conspiring to change election laws in secret Democrat backroom meetings

Santa Fe - According to credible sources, House and Senate Democrats are now in secret negotiations with the Governor to convene a special session. After facing the embarrassment of a historic veto override in a legislature-led extraordinary session, the Governor has convened with Democrats, without public input, to garner the support of enough Democrats to end their pursuit of an extraordinary session. Instead, she will call a special session and the unhappy Democrats will re-introduce the Junior Appropriations Bill, which she will now sign, in order to avoid having her veto overridden and public acknowledgement of Democrat's loss in confidence of the administration. In addition to addressing the Governor's veto of the Junior Appropriations Bill, secret discussions are taking place to revive the controversial election code changes and hydrogen hub legislation that were defeated just weeks ago.

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NM House Republicans oppose Gov's CRT curriculum and encourage local school boards to adopt their own standards

Santa Fe – House Republican Leadership issued a letter to the NM Public Education Department (PED) in opposition to the final rule on the new K-12 social studies curriculum standards. The new standards implement fundamentally flawed concepts of Critical Race Theory into New Mexico schools.

The final rule was intentionally published in the final days of the 30-day legislative session in order to obscure the new educational policies from public scrutiny. The proposed rule was drafted by a group of self-selected educators with no input from the public, and when the final rule (after the public comment) was published, the standards had been further revised by that same group of self-appointed educators. The public had no direct input on what changes were made in the final rule as the public (and legislators) only saw the changes when the final rule was released during the waning days of the session.

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Senator Crystal Diamond Thanks County Clerks, Criticizes Partisan Actions on Election Legislation

SANTA FE — Senator Crystal Diamond (Doña Ana, Hidalgo, Luna, and Sierra) today released the following statement:

"I want to thank our County Clerks throughout the state for their tireless work on Senate Bill 6. With their leadership, Senate Democrats and Republicans came together to draft meaningful changes to our election code that would have strengthened voter rights and improved election security. Senate Bill 6 passed the Senate on a 39-0 vote—an uncommon result given the magnitude of the issue.

Sadly, a State Senator and a State Representative managed to highjack the process and derail the progress we made. Unlike those of us involved in the preparation of Senate Bill 6, these rogue legislators ignored the will of the County Clerks and did not even bother to consult with them before attempting to logroll a 165-page amendment into an unrelated 2-page bill. The outcome of their reckless actions were the death of the consensus bill, Senate Bill 6, and Senate Bill 144 which would have protected our election workers from unlawful threats. The fault for these failures belongs to those who put ego ahead of collegiality and politics ahead of progress.

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Sen. Correa Hemphill gives her report on recent legislative session 022122

The thirty-day Legislative Session ended this past Thursday and I am still amazed by the incredible foundation we just laid for working families in our state, for generations to come.

First and foremost, Senate Bill 1, which I co-sponsored, provides New Mexico with the most competitive teacher salaries in our region. Starting teachers will earn $50,000, mid-level teachers will earn $60,000, and our most experienced teachers will now earn $70,000 a year.

The Legislature also created free tuition for any New Mexico student, of any age, at any of our public, two- and four-year institutions of higher learning, as long as you work hard and maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better. Whether you are just graduating from high school or want to return to college later in life, you can attend Western New Mexico University, New Mexico Insittute of Mining and Technology, NMSU, or any other public college or university in our state for free, if you keep your GPA up. I believe this law will transform our children, our economy, and our state for decades to come.

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House Democrats Achieve Landmark Policy Goals

House Democrats Achieve Landmark Policy Goals Achievements this session include unprecedented investments in education, economic development and comprehensive public safety legislation

Santa Fe, NM- The second session of the 55th Legislature ended at noon Thursday, concluding a hybrid virtual and in-person session, in which House Democrats delivered real results for working families across New Mexico.

In this 30-day legislative session, House Democrats shaped and passed the state's bipartisan budget, which would make historic investments in education, public safety, environment, and economic development. The House also passed crucial bills to make our communities safer, improve our schools, and put more money back into the pockets of New Mexicans.

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Roundup at the Roundhouse 021822

The Second Session of the 55th Legislature
Friday, February 18, 2022

30-DAY LEGISLATIVE SESSION CONCLUDES
New Mexicans have suffered from the Governor's nearly two-year-long COVID restrictions. There's been hyper-inflation, eco-price gouging, lost jobs, shuttered businesses and out-of-control crime. Many expected bipartisan support to correct the course during this legislative session. Still, despite initial good faith efforts from many lawmakers and key stakeholders to come together on a variety of issues, these efforts crashed and burned as the clock ran down.

"The broad agenda that Lujan Grisham and progressives attempted to pass was dead on arrival- for three years New Mexicans have seen the broken promises of a so-called progressive utopia," said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (R-Artesia). "Working families are seeing less of their paycheck due to higher gas prices, increased utility rates, and hyper-inflation. I think the results of this session speak volumes to the dissatisfaction of so many New Mexicans and how they are struggling to trust in a government so focused on making their lives harder."

There were, however, some victories for New Mexicans in this legislative session. House Republicans were effective in stopping many bad policies that the House Democrats aimed to use to double down on the previous three-years of their progressive agenda. The increase on New Mexico's gas tax, an attack on New Mexico's elections, and a hydrogen hub proposal were among efforts that were effectively blocked in rare bipartisan votes.

"For three years the progressives have rammed through their agenda with promises of transformative change, unfortunately New Mexicans are learning that their future has transformed into a dystopia," said House Republican Whip Rod Montoya (R-Farmington). "Our Republican caucus can go home knowing that we were effective in pushing back against what has amounted to destructive and failed policies. New Mexicans are waking up to the broken promises of the Governor and progressives out-of-touch agenda, and we are hearing them loud and clear."

GOVERNOR LIFTS INDOOR MASK MANDATE LESS THAN TWO HOURS AFTER END OF LEGISLATIVE SESSION

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Senate Republican Leader Issues Statement Following Conclusion of Legislative Session

SANTA FE – Today the Senate concluded its work and adjourned sine die. After the adjournment, Senate Republican Leader, Senator Greg Baca (District 29-Bernalillo and Valencia), issued the following statement:

"Today was a good day for New Mexico. Republicans in the Senate and House undertook the task of fighting back on some of the most radical legislation ever rolled into a 30-day session. At the same time, we seized the moment to take meaningful steps forward on legislation to benefit New Mexico's veterans, seniors, and families.

"Contrary to what the progressive left will tell you, it was the progressives in the Legislature who faced the uphill battle this Session. One in five New Mexicans witnessed illegal or questionable election activity. Families across our state are facing once in a generation inflation rates. Our kids are still forced to mask in school despite overwhelming data to the contrary. And we are paying record prices at the pump. Yet, radical progressives in the Legislature introduced bills to enshrine fraud in our elections, weaken sentences for violent offenders, and increase prices at the pump by up to 50 cents per gallon. Thankfully, Republicans stood firm and held the line in the Senate and House to defeat the worst measures.

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House GOP statement on end of 2022 Legislative Session

Santa Fe – The 2022 Legislative Session concluded, Sine Die, today at noon. The New Mexico House of Representatives wrapped up over 24-hours of nearly nonstop debate on many important issues. With New Mexicans facing fallout from the Governor's nearly two-year long COVID restrictions, hyper-inflation, eco-price gouging and out-of-control crime, many expected bipartisan support to correct the course. Despite initial good faith efforts from many lawmakers and key stakeholders to come together on crime, election security, and energy policy, these efforts crashed and burned as the clock ran down.

"The broad agenda that Lujan Grisham and progressives attempted to pass was dead on arrival- for three years New Mexicans have seen the broken promises of a so-called progressive utopia," said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia). "Working families are seeing less of their paycheck due to higher gas prices, increased utility rates, and hyper-inflation. I think the results of this session speak volumes to the dissatisfaction of so many New Mexicans and how they are struggling to trust in a government so focused on making their lives harder."

The session was not without victories for New Mexicans. House Republicans were effective in stopping many bad policies that the House Democrats aimed to use to double down on the previous three-years of their progressive agenda. The increase on New Mexico's gas tax, the clean future act, an attack on New Mexico's elections, and a hydrogen proposals that excluded many communities were effectively blocked in rare bipartisan votes.

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