2019 – After 8 years of a governor who had no interest in governing, we now have an energetic new Democratic governor and strengthened majorities in both houses of the legislature. It is our time. It is time for boldness and innovation. From health care and education to the environment and renewable energy, New Mexico can lead the country. This page will be a clearing house as we go into the 60 day session on January 15th!
Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work!
House Labor, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee:
Tuesday, January 22, Immediately Following Floor Session (likely 1:30 pm) – Rm 315
HB 31 PHASED-IN MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE
House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee:
Wednesday, January 23, 8:30am. – Rm 305
HB 55 AGREEMENT TO ELECT PRESIDENT BY POPULAR VOTE
HB 57 RESTORE FELON VOTING RIGHTS
HB 84 AUTO VOTER REGISTRATION AT MVD & ELSEWHERE
2019 Health Security Act Introduced
The 2019 Health Security Act was introduced in both houses of the New Mexico legislature today!
In the Senate, it’s bill number 279 (so, SB 279); in the House, it’s bill number 295 (so, HB 295). For committee assignments, see “What Happens Next?”below.
Senate Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, and Sen. Bill Soules introduced the Health Security Act in the State Senate. Sen. Cisneros, who is vice chair of the Senate Finance Committee, noted that “passage of the Health Security Act this year will initially result in a prudent fiscal analysis of the details of the plan. No other steps will be taken until we are certain that the finances will work and that it will be revenue neutral.”
House Rep. Debbie Armstrong, chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and Rep. Bobby Gonzales, deputy chair of the House Appropriations Committee, introduced the Health Security Act in the State House of Representatives. Sen. Armstrong noted, “Since the premiums will be on a sliding scale based on income, working families will be able to afford it.” Over 160 New Mexico organizations support the Health Security Act, and 35 counties and municipalities have passed resolutions in support. The most recent was the City of Albuquerque, which passed its resolution with a bipartisan 9-0 vote.
|What Happens Next?|
Each bill has been assigned to three committees. HB 295 committees: Health & Human Services, then State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs, then Appropriations & Finance
SB 279 committees: Public Affairs, then Judiciary, then Finance The bill goes to each assigned committee in turn. If your senator or representative is on a committee that’s considering the Health Security Act, we’ll be asking you to call to express your support for passage. And of course when the bill gets to the full House or Senate, all the legislators have a chance to vote. (For more information on how the legislative process works, take a look at our handy guide.)
That means that this is a great time to make sure you know who your legislators are, in both the House and the Senate. You can find out online, using the legislature’s Find My Legislator tool, or you can call your county clerk and ask.
We’ll keep you posted about when committee hearings on the bill will take place. We need lots of supporters to fill the hearing rooms!