February 15, 2015

This week’s biggest NM political stories in one graphic (and blog post)

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Four weeks down. Four weeks to go.

Look below for a recap of the top stories that came out of Santa Fe this week. Some good, some bad, and some really ugly. But before you get there, make sure to check out the information about the next Moral Monday rally happening on Feb. 16.

NEXT WEEK (and this weekend)

Sunday – Sunday, Feb. 15, is the last day to enroll for health insurance this year. If you haven’t enrolled already, CLICK HERE to learn how you can. It’s super easy.

 

Monday – Moral Monday #3 concerned union members including: Teachers, state/county/municipal workers, communications workers, and equality activists of New Mexico will gather together in solidarity and march to the Roundhouse to send a message to lawmakers and demonstrate that unions and the LGBT community stand together. We will gather at 11:00am in front of the Jean Cocteau Cinema located at 418 Montezuma Ave. Santa Fe, NM. After a few short speeches, the march to the Capitol will begin at 11:30am. The rally will take place once we arrive at the Roundhouse.

TOP STORIES

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ProgressNow New Mexico publishes resource guide to provide background and push back on anti-worker “right-to-work” legislation.

 

MALDEF and Somos Un Pueblo Unido file lawsuits against Gov. Martinez for “illegally and systematically [denying] tax refunds to immigrants who properly filed their returns.”

Senate Democrats host tribal leaders after Gov. Martinez snubbed them on American Indian Day

ALEC Chairwoman and GOP committee members side with special interest lobbyists, kill bill that would have required more transparency on how lobbyists spend money. Recent poll showed that 89% of New Mexicans support more disclosure on lobbyist spending.

In blatant political ploy, House GOP (Rep. Nate Gentry) tacks minimum wage increase onto controversial “right-to-work” bill.

Marijuana legalization bill passes Senate committee. “The wording is very simple, it says possession and personal use of marijuana shall be lawful for persons of 21 years of age or older…and then the legislature has to come up with the laws to govern how it’s produced, processed, transported, sold, taxed and how much would be acceptable quantities.”

#NMLEG Progressive Bills of the Day

Health Security Act (Sen. Howie Morales)

Parental Choice in Standardized Tests (Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard)

Election Modernization Measures (Rep. Jeff Steinborn)

Marijuana Legalization (Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino)

Statewide Food Infrastructure (Rep. Rodella & Sen. Martinez)

OTHER STORIES FROM THE LEGISLATURE

Are you following the news from the New Mexico Political Report, covering the legislature and NM’s biggest issues live every day?

Third-grade retention clears House

House nixes Dem “compromise,” passes repeal of driver’s license law

Differing views on a right-to-work study (Video)

Rep. Varela to undergo medical procedure

Right-to-work bill sees more public comment, committee debate delayed

Right-to-work bill with min wage increase heads to House floor

Senate committee passes marijuana legalization

BernCo Should Reject Santolina Master Plan | by David Vogel

 

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