Roundhouse Round Up Week One

Round House
Round Up   
Week 1
            The 2011 Legislative session has started with a bang.  On Monday Jan 17, 2011 several Tea Party Members met with the House Minority Leadership to talk about the Speaker of the House Election. At this meeting we expressed our concerns about the process. I believe that this was a productive meeting. Monday evening we had a meet and greet at the Sage Inn with several Tea Parties from across the state and the meeting with the House Minority Leadership was discussed.  People at the meeting were nearly unanimous behind Republicans nominating and supporting Rep Taylor.

            Tuesday January 18, was the opening day of the 2011 Legislative Session. The We the People Rally started at 9am. It went off like a charm. The weather was COLD, but attendance was great. We had Tea Parties from as far away as Lincoln County, and Ruidoso. It was great to see so many people. The speakers were very informative and rousing. We had a great presence both inside and outside the Round House. The tables in the Round House had lots of great information for anyone who choose to visit them and many did. Many people attended the opening session of the Legislative body and were there to hear the vote for Speaker of the House take place. The Republican candidate for the Speaker’s chair, Rep Taylor, lost by 3 votes; Rep Nunez voted present, all the Republicans voted for Rep Taylor and the remaining Democrats voted for Representative Lujan. Although we would have preferred someone other than Representative Lujan, we were proud that the Republicans ran Rep Taylor against him. We needed to make a statement we will not sit back; conservatives have the numbers behind us to show strength this year and the people of New Mexico will be better served.  Now the Tea Parties must get up to the Round House in numbers when our bills come up and help to push them across the finish line.

            Later in the afternoon on the 18th the board members of the various Tea Parties from across the state meet in the Round House for their own caucus to discuss the plans for the Legislative Session. I will let them fill you in on those plans.

            Now for the hard work of governing; I do not say this in jest as we are, in a sense, governing.  We will be looking at and analyzing bills we will be going to the Round House supporting our bills and making our voices heard.  This job is not for the weary or timid, and it requires time, energy, and commitment.  I hope you are up for it. If we want our bills passed we must be there to make our voice heard.

            The Feed Bill was passed out of the House this week to the Senate. You may ask, “What does the Feed Bill do?”  The Feed Bill provides the funding to run this Legislative Session. Once the Senate passes this bill, if any changes were made it is back to the House for a vote, and if no more changes were made it is off to the Governor to be signed.

There are several bills that have an Emergency Clause; this requires them to be addressed urgently, but also means that it must be passed with 60% of the house voting for it. It can be signed by the Governor as soon as it is passed. Notice the sponsors of these bills. You will know these bills as they have an asterisk next to them. These bills also contain taxes or fee increases.

HB 8
DEVELOPMENT TRAINING PROGRAMS—($5M)
Sponsor: Ben Lujan

Current Location: House Business & Industry Committee Sponsor: Ben Lujan

HB 33
NEW MEXICO HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE ACT
Sponsor: Danice Picraux, Dede Feldman

Current Location: House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee  

HB 91
TRANSFER FROM GENERAL FUND TO OTHER ACCOUNTS
Sponsor: Luciano “Lucky” Varela  

Current Location: House Education Committee

The next bills to watch are bills that either have a Tax increase or a fee increase.

HB 94
HEALTH POLICY & FINANCE DEPT. ACT
Sponsor: Danice Picraux  

Current Location: House Health and Government Affairs Committee

HB 22
REQUIRE REGULATORY IMPACT STATEMENTS
Sponsor: Mary Helen Garcia  

Current Location: House Taxation & Revenue Committee

Next we have the Election Law Bills

HB 105
ELECTRONIC VOTER REGISTRATION
Sponsor: Eleanor Chavez, Timothy M. Keller

Current Location: House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee

Education

HB 21
LIMIT CERTAIN SCHOOL GRADE PROMOTIONS
Sponsor: Mary Helen Garcia  

Current Location: House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee

HB 100
NO 4TH GRADE WITHOUT READING PROFICIENCY
Sponsor: Nora Espinoza Mary Jane M. Garcia

Current Location: House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee

HJM 11
SMALL SCHOOL DISTRICT SERVICE CONSOLIDATION
Sponsor: Jimmie C. Hall  

Current Location: House Education Committee

You can find daily agendas on line as well as information pertaining to bills at

www.nmlegis.gov

You can follow my Tweets for breaking information on Bills @Morlen4distrct1 or @wethepeoplenm

Stay tuned for next week’s update. Just a little news on the lite side Our Legislators will have guests visiting and observing from Pakistan next week.

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