Legislative Town Hall w Rep. Liz Thomson & Sen. Bill Tallman

Staying in touch with my constituents is crucial when it comes to doing my job as your State Representative, that’s why I am holding my second Town Hall of 2017 to talk about the legislation we worked on during this year’s session and to hear your thoughts on the issues and challenges facing our community. Please join me and special guest State Senator Bill Tallman on Wednesday, April 26th. Full details are below:

Legislative Town Hall
with Representative Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson
& Senator Bill Tallman
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Jeanne Bellamah Community Center
11516 Summer Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112

I value your input and would love to hear from you. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here. I look forward to meeting you and discussing our community’s needs.

“Or You Could Just Quit.” Why the Pregnant Worker Accommodations Bill is Important for New Mexico Women

[UPDATE: On March 14, HB 179, the Pregnant Worker Accommodations bill PASSES in the Judiciary.]
It was a harrowing moment. Just before bringing the committee to a vote, as Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson raced through the halls to the committee room, having appeared only minutes before on the Roundhouse floor in support of one of her bills, Representative Gail Chasey (Dem. Bernalillo) asked observers (many of whom delivered compelling testimonies) for a show of hands — who was in favor of HB 179 The Pregnant Work Accommodation Bill that would expand protections for pregnant women in the workplace. In a jam-packed room, those in favor of HB 179 raised their hands. They represented women who had struggled to keep their jobs during their pregnancies, doctors who counseled their patients on how to maintain their health during inflexible employment, ACLU lawyers, members of Respect New Mexico Women and mothers who had given birth to healthy children, no thanks to their workplaces that made them choose — one more trip to the restroom or a dock in pay.

Progressive Women Won Big in New Mexico

On the National level, women made fewer gains than expected in the new Congress, though there are some great stories – including big gains for women of color in the US Senate.  

The number of women of color in the U. S. Senate quadrupled over night. https://t.co/Wm0zqePYwV
— Emerge New Mexico (@EmergeNM) November 9, 2016

That’s good news, but not nearly far enough to be equal. In Washington, women make up a meager 20% of members in the House and Senate, combined. With both the House and the Senate in Republican control, the issues and concerns of women are on the table. Here at home, organizations like Emerge NM have been recruiting and training women to run for office to make up the difference.

In spite of Trump, Progressives led Democrats to HUGE victories over governor and GOP agenda in New Mexico

While social media seems almost united in calling last night a “disaster” for Democrats nationwide, but here at home the results were a huge disaster for Governor Martinez and the Republican agenda. The State House is now led by a Democratic majority that includes the largest progressive caucus in history. Governor Martinez is now a lame duck forced to work with a larger caucus of progressives in the State Senate. They will decide which issues and bills define her final years in office. And voters finally sent a competent, responsible person to lead the Secretary of State’s Office.