2017 New Mexico State Legislature: Final Report on Bills We Have Followed

Thank you for all your prayers, emails and phone calls but especially for your prayers.  The 2017 New Mexico Legislative session drew to a close on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  Below is a brief summation of the bills we were following.
All Pro-Life bills, including Infant Born Alive Protection and No Abortions Beyond 20 Weeks, were summarily dismissed by committees.
Many Marijuana bills had a strong start but died in committees.
A Physician Assisted Suicide bill was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 22 to 20.
Sex Designation Changes on Birth Certificates, sought by transgenders, passed and is currently on the Governor’s desk.
A Ban on Conversion Therapy, a therapy that would help sexually confused children, was passed and awaits the Governor’s signature.
This is our report:
Recreational Marijuana: TABLED in Committee
Marijuana was on the minds of many legislators this year.  A “cannabis” word search produced 23 pieces of legislation.  The Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Actlegalizing marijuana appeared to have traction with the economic argument that it would “solve New Mexico’s revenue problems”, increase employment and bring prosperity to the state.  The House Business and Industry Committee tabled the bill by a vote of 9 to 1.
 
Infant Born Alive Protection:  TABLED in Committee
The pro-life Infant Born Alive Protection Act sponsored by Rep. Rod Montoya would have required that any infant surviving an abortion and born alive must receive medical care. The child would be reported as a live birth.  In addition, Rep. Montoya sponsored the Late Term Abortion bill that would stop abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
In a surprise move, House Consumer and Public Affairs’ Chairman Eliseo Alcon called a committee meeting for 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning to consider the pro-life bills.  In response, a church service was held at 9:00 a.m. in the Rotunda that Sunday morning, and many of those attending stayed for the 10:00 o’clock hearing.  Both bills were tabled on a 3 to 2 vote along party lines.
When explaining her vote to table the bills, Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero remarked she was Catholic, raised by the Sisters of Loretto, and was a pro-choice Catholic was pro-choice voting against the life bills.  The remark was heard by Santa Fe’s Archbishop John Wester, who was watching the proceedings via an internet stream.  Archbishop Wester wrote that elected Catholics do not speak for the church but for themselves.  A stronger statement came from Bishop James Wall of Gallup and Bishop Oscar Cantu from Las Cruces, stating that “support for abortion or doctor-assisted suicide is not in accord with the teaching of the church.”
Physician Assisted-Suicide:  DEFEATED by the Senate
Rep. Deborah Armstrong sponsored the End of Life Options Act, a bill that would have removed criminal penalties from physicians who write prescriptions for patients to kill themselves.  The death certificate following the suicide would have noted the underlying medical problem as the cause of death, not the self-administered lethal drugs.  The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Senator Liz Stefanics, was defeated in the Senate by a vote of 22-20.
Sex Designation Changes on Birth Certificates:  PASSED, awaits the Governor’s Signature
A Vital Records Sex Designation bill sponsored by Senator Jacob Candelaria is on the Governor’s desk.  A transsexual can change his or her sex designation on a birth certificate by obtaining permission from a judge.  The birth certificate can then be altered to reflect the gender with which the person identifies.  No indication that the document has been altered or amended can be noted.
Hospitals must perform abortions: No “Conscience Clause”  PASSED 2 Committees
Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino, who describes himself as a “proud pro-choice Catholic,” sponsored the Hospital Patient Protections bill that requires New Mexico hospitals to perform abortions with no provision for a physician or staff objection on the basis of conscience.  The draconian bill was passed by two committees, the Senate Public Affairs Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The bill would have stripped any freedom of conscience or of religion clause for those objecting to abortion.  The bill was not heard by the Senate.
Editorial Comment:
The kinds of laws that come before the New Mexico State Legislature are dependent on the kinds of legislators we send to the Roundhouse.  Representative Deborah Armstrong from Albuquerque wanted physicians to be allowed to kill their suffering patients.  Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino wants all hospitals to do abortions regardless of the religious opposition to them.  Senator Jacob Candelaria had a field day with what we would call falsifying government records for transgenders and disallowing counseling for sexually confused kids.
Having a government that supports a Christian worldview of life and conscience would require that the Christian community find, elect and support a different kind of legislator.
Please continue to pray for our legislators and their legislation.
 
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“Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding;”
Proverbs 3:13 

Urgent Call to Contact Governor Susana Martinez Thursday 3-16-2017

SB 121 No Conversion TherapyThursday
March 16, 2017
To succeed, the homosexual community has to portray themselves as victims; victims of society, victims of families and now, victims of therapists.  Behavior modification is based on the simple concept of rewarding wanted behaviors to increase them and disciplining unwanted behaviors to decrease them.  If you’ve ever seen a child sent for a timeout, you’ve witnessed behavior modification.
These two elements, victimization and behavior modification, come together in SB 121: No Conversion Therapy (Candelaria D, Albuquerque).
Senator Candelaria describes Conversion Therapy as a brutal and demeaning form of behavior modification.  The problem is Conversion Therapy is expanded in the bill to claim that any therapy that does not affirm homosexuality is Conversion Therapy, and thus, victimization.
The homosexual community has convinced our New Mexico State Legislators that all therapy that is in opposition to same-sex attraction is conversion therapy and must be disallowed.  No documentation – places, dates, techniques – were ever presented to support the claim that such “therapy” ever existed in the state.
The result is that if SB 121 No Conversion Therapy is signed by the governor,
only therapy that affirms homosexuality will be allowed.
 
What is very clear is that families and therapists are disallowed any suggestion that any change in same-sex attraction can occur, despite such testimony being provided the legislators and the fact that thousands of documented cases exist.
Homosexuals, fearing family involvement and therapeutic choice, have gone to great lengths to pass this bill.  It is now on the Governor’s desk for signature.
Please pray and
Contact Governor Susana Martinez urging her to VETO
this horrendous bill that is an affront to caring families and Christian therapists.
Please email or fax your concern to the following:
PHONE CALLS: (505) 476-2200
FAXES:     (505) 476-2226
EMAILS:  susanna.martinez2state.nm.us
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                          And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”
Matthew 11:6

Senate to Hear Parental Notification of Abortion Tomorrow, Friday 3-10-17

As everyone know, New Mexico is at the bottom of all the good lists and the top of every bad list.  A major factor is the deterioration of the core family unit.  Everything should be done to strengthen our New Mexico families.
Senator Gregory Baca’s  (R-Belen) bill SB 325 Parental Notification of Abortion Act, will be heard by the Public Affairs Committee tomorrow, Friday, March 10, 2017 in Room 326 at 1:30 p.m. or a half-hour after the Senate floor session ends .
Senator Baca is to be commended for bring the bill forward in the Senate.  Although the bill will not be heard in time for passage this year, the opportunity to strengthen families and to share family values to committee members is a vital opportunity.
Please pray for the committee members and contact them using the information below, and if at all possible, attend the session.
In addition, please thank Senator Baca for bringing the bill forward.  You can call his office at (505) 385-7303 or email him at greg.baca@nmlegis.gov.
Thank you for your prayers and concern.  There are 10 more days in this legislative session including today.  God bless you.
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2017 NM Legislature
Senate Public Affairs Committee
First Name
Last Name
Position
Party
Room
Capital Phone
Email Addr.
Jerry
Ortiz y Pino
Chairman
D
300A
986-4482
Bill
O’Neil
Vice Chair
D
300C
986-4260
Craig
Brant
Member
R
414C
986-4385
Candace
Gould
Member
R
415F
986-4266
Elizabeth
Jeff
Mimi
Stuart
Stefanics
Steinborn
Stewart
Ingle
Member
Member
Member
Member
D
D
D
R
415C
416E
416F
109 A
986-4377
986-4862
986-4267
986-4702
 
The New Mexico Legislative Website is https://www.nmlegis.gov/ .  Click on “WEBCAST” when the committee is in session to view the proceedings.

But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15b

Encouraged, Discouraged and Continuing to Fight

Despite the score board that would show two very important bills being defeated in Sunday’s Public Affairs Committee hearing, Ending Late Term Abortion and Parental Notification of Abortion, the good news is that a rousing church service was held at the Roundhouse, with a number of people staying for the committee hearing that followed.

The church service in the Capitol Rotunda received national publicity.  The story was picked up by Charisma Magazine.  (See  http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/63470-is-this-historic-worship-gathering-part-of-james-goll-s-prophesied-west-coast-rumble).  The service was an affirmation that “We the People, under God,” are the government.

Despite the bills being tabled, Rep. Rod Montoya assured everyone that forward progress on life legislation was not over this session.  Rep. Montoya plans to introduce a House Memorial to continue the discussion.

A major incident occurred when Representative Patricia Roybal Caballero claimed her Catholic faith and voted against the life bills.  “My vote can not be questioned,” she said, “I was raised Catholic by the Sisters of Loretto.”  The comment drew a response from New Mexico’s Archbishop John Wester.  See (http://www.lifenews.com/2017/03/07/archbishop-on-lawmaker-who-voted-against-ban-on-late-term-abortions-cant-be-catholic-and-pro-abortion/).  You simply can not be Catholic and pro-abortion.

Please continue to pray for our Legislature and its members.  May the Lord intervene in a miraculous way in these final days.

No Therapy for Sexually Confused Girls and Boys: SB 121 No Conversion Therapy hearing Wednesday 3-8-2017

The latest assault on the American family is disallowing families the right to counseling.  If SB 121: No Conversion Therapy, (Candelaria, Romero) passes in New Mexico, the state will place restrictions on the type of therapy sexually confused boys and girls can receive.  The law is a stark invasion of a family’s right to privacy and decision making within the confines of the family unit.
The proposed law is also a violation of a person’s First Amendment right to free speech, in addition to violating the right of privacy within the therapist/client relationship.  The Supreme Court in Roe v Wade established the right to privacy nationally and this has been the national standard.
SB 121: No Conversion Therapy
is to be heard tomorrow morning
Wednesday, March 8
at the Capitol at
8:30 a.m. in Room 315.
The bill has passed the Senate and is being heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee, Rep. Gail Armstrong, Chair.
Please help oppose SB 121: No Conversion Therapy by praying for our legislators and please contact the members of the committee listed below.  Urge them to VOTE NO on SB 121: No Conversion Therapy.
2017 NM Legislature 
House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee
Last Name First Name Position Party Room
Capital Phone 
     Area Code
(505)
Email Addr.
Armstrong Deborah Chairman D 312B 986-4840 deborah.armstrong@nmlegis.gov
Thompson Elizabeth Vice Chair D 206A None Listed liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov
Armstrong Gail Member R 203FN 986-4467 gail@gailfornewmexico.com
Chasey Gail Member D  308 986-4411 gail@gailchasey.com
Dow Rebecca Member R  203H 986-4453 rebecca.dow@nmlegis.gov
Ferrary Joanne Member D 203DN 986-4336 joanne.ferrary@nmlegis.gov
Townsend James Member R 203GN 986-4450 townsend@pvtn.net


 
 
 
 
 
 
            To dial the legislator’s phone, use 986- plus the extension.


“Daughter, your faith has made you well.
Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Mark 5:34b
 
The New Mexico Legislative Website is https://www.nmlegis.gov/ .  Click on “WEBCAST” when the committee is in session to view the proceedings.