Pro-lifers are not the only ones coming to the capitol only to find their bill not heard. A group of 27 medical doctors came from around the state only to be found sitting in the gallery in their white lab coats. At issue is SB 298, a bill that would cap liability pay outs at $750,000.
A bill that would require government intervention for children born drug addicted passed the Senate on a unanimous vote. SB 150 requires CYFD to assess the family. A bill three years ago requiring medical care for a child born alive to sustain life in an abortion procedure failed.
SB 180, the election reform bill, passed the Senate along party lines. An amendment requiring voter ID was quickly table. SB 180 allows felons to vote and creates a permanent absentee ballot list among other “reforms.” Last year’s bill was up for a final vote late in the session and was filibustered by a two-hour speech by Senator Bill Sharer. It did not receive a final vote.
Please pray for honest and fair elections.
“HB 7 Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Freedom Health Care” is slated for debate and passage by the New Mexico State Legislature’s House of Representatives. The bill is anti-family and anti-free speech. Please click the link below.
HB 7 REPRODUCTIVE & GENDER-AFFIRMING HEALTH CARE is scheduled for debate by the full House.
Memorials and resolutions are ways in which the Legislature acknowledges and commemorates organizations, individuals, cities etc. Yesterday, Tuesday, was Hispanic Day at the Capitol. The legislators, who mostly use the time to read bills and caught up on emails, were treated to music and stories and heard speeches from Hispanic leaders. HB 7 was not debated.
HB 134 MENSTRUAL PRODUCTS IN SCHOOL BATHROOMS has passed its first committee in the House. The bill’s intent is to help female students in the name of Equity. For some curious reason, the bill required the placement of feminine hygiene products in boys’ bathrooms as well. The cost to the state is estimated at $1 million.
The HB 80 TERMINATION OF STATES OF EMERGENCY is scheduled for the House Judiciary Committee today. The bill required the Governor to call a special session of the Legislature after 45 days of shutting down the state. The question remains; if the bill passes will the Governor sign it into law.
Please pray for wisdom for House members as they examine HB 7, a bill that will silence public employees in matters of abortion and gender.
News from the Roundhouse is the visitations from our Washington delegation. Senator Martin Heinrich, Representative Teresa Leger Fernandez, and Representative Gave Vasquez spoke to a joint session of the Legislature yesterday. Senator Heinrich stressed rural health care. He wouldn’t commit to running for governor in 2026; Leger Fernandez talked about mental health and drug treatment while Gave Vasquez stressed his roots living in poverty in Mexico.
An effort to increase the state’s minimum wage to $12.00 appears to have been stopped this session. The argument that increasing the minimum wage is inflationary seems to have won the day.
The federal government has used New Mexico for the deposit of nuclear waste. A $230 million project is slated by the federal government for a facility to be built between Carlsbad and Hobbs. Democrats in Senate voted to halt the projects at least for now.
Please pray for wisdom for the Legislators. Happy Valentine’s Day.
The question has always been is Governor Michele Lujan Grisham using the New Mexico governorship as a steppingstone to big and better things in Washington DC. Governor Grisham has just been appointed by President Joe Biden to the Council of Governors. The Council is a 10-member bipartisan group that was begun by Barack Obama to examine issues related to state and federal government. As we approach the mid-point in New Mexico’s Legislative session, the Governor has taken five days off in DC.
Gun safety remains a major topic with the legislators. HB 9 UNLAWFUL ACCESS TO FIREARM BY MINOR requires all gun owners to “lockem up.” HB 9 has passed the House.
MATERNITY & SICK LEAVE:
Maternity and sick leave are issues that also have advanced. A new tax law on employees and businesses would set up a program for 12 weeks of medical and paternity leave. SB 11 PAID FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE would tax employers $4.00 for every $1,000 they pay in wages and employees $5.00 for every $1,000 they receive. If passed, the program would begin in 2026.
An employer would anxiously want to know if new hire was pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant. According to the Left, the question would apply to both men and women. Three months is a long time for an employee to be gone and a tricky amount of time to find a replacement.
Please pray for wisdom for each Legislator as they define the line between government imposition and personal freedoms.
The Democrat Party has a vice grip on the New Mexico State Legislature. The Governor’s progressive agenda continues unabated.
HB 7 the Reproductive, Gender Affirming Health Care Freedom Act passed the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line 7–4 vote. The bill is described as a Health Bill but it disallows teachers or anyone in government from counseling kids against abortion, castration, mastectomy, or puberty blockers. If teachers or anyone else are caught counseling against these procedures, they will be fined $5,000.
Also considered is House Bill 4 A Voter Registration bill that requires voter registration when you go to the Motor Vehicle Division, it would create a permanent absentee ballot list, felons would receive voting rights upon release from prison, and it would make Election Day a state holiday. Also under consideration is allowing 16 year olds to vote.
Please pray for the Democrat Party, that individuals would vote their conscience rather than party dictates.
In 1967 the New Mexico State Legislature passed legislation making abortion illegal in the state. In 2020, amidst the COVID lockdown, that same body dissolved that legislation leaving abortion in the state unregulated. Fast forward to today, New Mexico’s Governor has vowed to “codify,” that is make legal, abortion in the state.
To make sure nothing gets in the way of an abortion HB 7 Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Health Care Freedom Act has been proposed. The act makes it a criminal offense punishable by a $5,000 fine for anyone receiving a government paycheck to “deny, restrict or interfere, with another person getting an abortion, gender-blocking chemicals, mastectomy, or castration.
In other words, if a 15-year-old tell his teacher he wanted to be a girl and wants to be castrated, the teacher is disallowed counseling that student.
In 2020 there was no real debate regarding the abortion bill. Republicans offered amendment after amendment to the bill, such things as protection of conscience and protection of children. The conversation was one-sided. The Democrat sponsors made no concessions and refused all amendments. Abortion is now unregulated in New Mexico.
In last week’s “debate” regarding HB 7, Republicans pointed out how egregious the bill is. Their comments fell on deaf ears. No attempt to support the bill was made by the Democrat Representatives. HB 7 passed on a party-line vote of 7 to 2.
Committee agendas are published online at the beginning of the week. Interestingly, HB 7 was not published but was heard by the committee without public notice.
HB 7 will next be heard by the House Judiciary Committee. HB 7 does not appear on the published public schedule.
New Mexico State Legislature
Major corporations in the U.S. such as Disney Corporation and Home Depot have adopted a “woke” philosophy, adopting the gay agenda and promoting racial division. These companies are betting on one thing, that the coming generations will have embraced that stance. The reason they can be thus assured is because our schools are indoctrinating our children in the woke agenda.
The one thing that could immediately change the landscape is “School Choice.” If parents were given a voucher to place their children where they wanted, the hold on our children would end.
Unfortunately, the Teacher’s Union, the National Education Association, has enormous power and political influence to allow such a change.
The school choice bill was debated and tabled in the Senate Education Committee yesterday.
Another question brought before the legislators is “Should a landlord be able to charge what they want or should the State set limits on that amount.”
Rent Control was debated in the Senate Health and Public Affairs committee. The committee rejected the idea, say it would stifle construction in the state. Please pray for a change of course in ou
We have raised a generation away from God, a generation whose self-centeredness has replaced godliness. Three Albuquerque High School seniors have crafted a bill requiring the government to provide them with feminine hygiene products. House Bill 134 would make available to girls such things a tampons in the name of “equity.”
HB 7 The Reproductive and Gender-Affirming Health Care Freedom Act is also a bill that comes under the clear demand of “give me what I want when I want it.”
HB 7 will force all public employees to facilitate any request for an abortion or any “gender-affirming health care, ” despite the best interest of the child for the procedure. In other words, public employees must help in obtaining an abortion, breast removal or castration if the child so request.
The bill will penalize anyone who “directly or indirectly” denies, restricts, or interferes with a person’s ability to access such procedures with a fine of up to $5,000. It also disallows local and state lawmakers from legislating against abortion or “gender-affirming health care.”
As Elisa Martinez from Alliance for Life states, “HB 7 violates the constitutional rights of all New Mexicans for due process, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and equal protection. It penalizes New Mexicans under threat of prosecution and civil penalties up to $5,000 for exercising any of these constitutional rights.”
To SIGN THE PETITION and to PARTICIPATE REMOTELY in the hearings, please click on the following link from ALLIANCE FOR LIFE.