Round House Round Up – Week 7
Well what a week this has been. The big news of the week is that HB78 was blasted out of committee and onto the House Floor on Thursday. A bill being blasted to the House Floor does not happen very often as we all heard over the past two days. Just because a rule is not used very often doesn’t mean it can’t be used at all. A point the Democrats just couldn’t seem to grasp this week. A rule is a rule is a rule, plain and simple. I am sure if the Democrats were in the same position they would do exactly as Representative Nunez did. There was a lot of drama, some really far out comments, and some impassioned speeches. The strangest comment was on Thursday by Rep. Maestas when he rose after the vote to pass HB 78 out of Consumer and Public Affairs; he said the vote did not count as Rep. Wooly was not elected, he was appointed by Gov. Martinez, (when Rep. Gardner became her chief of staff). Speaker Lujan stepped in and said Rep. Wooly is a Representative and the vote counted. (At least twice this week Speaker Lujan seemed to want to help HB78.) We also had Representative K. Martinez chime in with,”we need to send this bill to Judiciary to go over; we can’t move it forward”. Then, last but not least, we had Rep. Jeff stand up and demand an apology from Speaker Lujan’s chief of staff; apparently after the vote he had come to her and informed her that she voted wrong. Representative Jeff stated her vote is her vote not the speakers vote. Way to go girl!
The bill went onto it’s next proposition which was to move the bill out of Judiciary and on to the floor. The first portion of the debate lasted three hours, and the second portion lasted a little over an hour. HB 78 was blasted to the House floor and placed on the supplemental calendar. Friday the Debate started at around 10:30 or so; and there was a substitute bill submitted for HB78 and then Rep. K. Martinez presented a sub. for the sub.. He called it a Compromise bill that he got from the Senate. The House debated his bill for at least four hours and it was finally tabled then they went back to debating HB 78. After several more hours of debate the Republicans finally were able to get the Democrats to quit stalling and the motion was made to vote on the bill. HB 78 was passed off the house floor to the Senate. The battle to fix our Drivers License must not stop here though. We have just won our first scrimmage.
I want to let everyone know who was able to show up or made calls, “you did it”. On Thursday you flooded the Speakers Office with phone calls, more than has been seen before. On Friday you called, many did show up and visited specific Representatives. This helped turn the tide. Our Republican Representatives stood on the front line and held the Democratic leaders to the rule book of the House, and Representative Nunez stood resolute under a barrage of nasty comments aimed at him and his bill. When I say he stood resolute I mean he stood resolute. This man had to stand behind his chair the entire debate, and answer question after question. We had 8 democrats who braved the wrath of the Speaker and their peers to pass this bill. In the end we the CITIZENS of NM won now we must do the same; we must stand resolute, make the calls, come in person, and help push this bill all the way to the Governor’s desk. Time is short, speed is of the essence. I will let you know what the next step is next week.
These are the Democrats who voted against HB 78: Who voted against the will of the people.
E. Alcon, Gail Chasey, E.Chavez, E.H. Chavez, G. Doge, Brian Egoff, Mary Helen Garcia, Miguel P. Garcia, Thomas A. Garcia, R. Gonzales, j. Gutierrez, a. Lujan, Ben Lujan, Roger Madalena, A. Maestas, R. Martinez, Kenneth Martinez, R. Miera, Bill O’Neill, D. Picraux, H. Saaverdra, N. Salazar, E. Sandoval, S. Stapleton, MiMi Stewart, J.R. Trujillo, Lucky Varela, R.D. Vigil
Remember these names and work to replace them in two years.
Call your Senator and ask them to move HB 78 to the floor right away don’t forget to ask them to vote yes on HB 78
Rod Adair 986-4385. Pete Campos 4311.
Vernon Asbil 4393. Carlos Cisneros 4362
Sue Wilson Beffort 4395. Kent Cravens 4391
Mark Boitano 4366. Tim Eichenberg 4859
William Burt 4266. Dede Feldman
Stephen Fischmann 4377. Mary Jane Garcia 4726
Eric Griego 4862. Phil Griego 4861
Clinton Harden 4369. Stuart Ingle 4702
Tim Jennings 4733. Tim Keller 4260
Gay Kernan 4274. Carroll Leavell 4278
Linda Lopez 4737. Lynda Lovejoy 4310
Richar Martinez 4487. Cisco McSorley 4389
How Morales 4863. George Munoz 4387
Cynthia Nava 4834. Steven Neville 4701
Gerald Ortiz y Pino 4380. Mary Kay Papen 4270
William Payne 4703. John Pinto 4835
Nancy Rodriguz 4264. Sander Rue 4375
John Ryan 4373. Bernadette Sanchez 4267
Michael Sanchez 4727. John Sapien 4371
William Sharer 4381. John Arthur Smith 4365
David Ulibarri 4265. Peter Wirth.4276
So what happened the rest of the week?
Do you remember the outcry over STEALTH ELECTIONS?
I promised that NO matter the outcome of my election I would work to bring Legislation to end it. Thanks to Representative Jane Powdrell- Colbert, it is happening. On Saturday 3/5/2011 at 10am HB 535 cleared it’s first hurdle. HB 535 Change to Bond Election Day requires that all bond elections be held on one day a year. It requires that the entities that are requesting a bond election advertise the elections on TV, Radio, in newspapers etc.
No more placing just an ad in the legal section of the newspaper. This should go a long way to ending Stealth Elections. If you want to end these types of elections, this bill will do just that. We only have a short time left so we need to call House Voters & Elections and ask them to hear HB 535 right away.
Here is who you should call
Mary Helen Garcia 986-4341
Dance Picraux 4438
Ben Lujan 4782
Roger Madalena 4417
Ken Martinez 4776
Debbie Rodella 4329
Edward Sandoval 4420
Now, for those Bills that have moved to the Senate. I am just going to list the numbers, on most of the bills you can look up the titles on the NM Legislature Website
HB 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31, 32, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 42, 47, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 68, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 78, 79, 81, 82, 83,
87, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 97, 98, 103, 106, 107, 108, 109, 113, 114, 118, 122, 123, 125, 126, 127, 129, 130, 137, 143, 145, 146, 150, 151, 152, 153, 158, 161, 181, 182, 183, 188, 196, 197, 199, 207, 209, 211, 219, 220, 226, 234, 235, 252, 268, 275, 285, 292, 307, 313, 314, 358, 373, 391, 393, 411, 418, 432, 437,
Passed the Senate now in the House
SB 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 41. 44, 45, 49, 52, 53, 56, 58, 59, 60, 67, 75, 76, 77, 78, 82, 83, 84, 89, 90, 101, 102, 104, 105, 112, 114, 118, 122, 124, 132, 133, 143, 145, 146, 154, 155, 156, 157, 167, 175, 176, 196, 198, 201, 209, 221, 228, 232, 260, 261, 266, 267, 272, 273, 275, 283, 286, 290, 291, 297, 301, 302, 314, 349, 360, 361, 364, 378, 393,
So what are the action items for this week
1) Call your Senator and ask them to support HB 78 and bring it to the floor quickly time is short.
2) Call house Voters and Election and ask them to Hear HB 535 right away the numbers are listed above.
Last Update on ESCAFCA
Do you Remember the story, a tail of Two Bills?
Well since the start of the session Representative Jim Smith has been trying to get his bill, (HB 306) heard it has been postponed at least 5 times now. But guess what, Representative Madalena’s HB293 has been fast tracked, as a matter of fact, both bills were in House Voter and Election Committee on Thursday 3/3/2011 and guess what. HB 293 is being heard on the Floor today 3/6/2011 and guess where Representative Smith’s bill is? It is still in House Voters and Elections, it was postponed again. If you remember Representative Smith’s bill was an asterisked bill, meaning it was designated to move quickly. We all see how quickly it moved. You see Representative Smith’s bill was supported by a large number of people from Placitas. They did show up every time this bill came up, only to have it postponed once again over and over. They were there to oppose HB 293. No one was there to support HB 293 except a few members of the ESCAFCA board, it’s lawyer and the lawyer’s wife who was appointed the ESCAFCA lobbyist. The people who would benefit from HB293 all 5 or 6 who showed trumped the 50 who were showing up over and over again, but wait I have some breaking news from the Floor of the House HB 293 has failed it will not move to the Senate thanks to the Republicans and those brave Democrats who voted with them. HB 306 is now up for a vote in HVEC on Tuesday we still have a chance to get some good legislation yet.