Greetings from the 54th New Mexico Legislature. It is an honor and a privilege to represent you and House District 30 in Santa Fe. I am excited to provide you with an update as we near the end of the 2019 Legislative Session.
This session, a big focus has been the debate about our budget and revenue surplus. We have heard competing ideas about how best to make major investments in early childhood and K-12 education, support our students and teachers, and make college or technical training more affordable for more students. We will also be debating and voting on a broad criminal justice and public safety package, and an ambitious renewable energy plan.
As we tackle many of our state’s challenges, I am pleased that I can be a champion for our community as I serve on the House Education Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. As a lifelong teacher, improving our educational system is of critical importance to me. Yet I also understand that commerce is critical to New Mexico’s future, and I am just as engaged by my work on those issues.
I am proud to have introduced/co-sponsored over twenty pieces of legislation, many of them requested by members of our community, including...
Law Enforcement Protection Fund Distribution (HB154) to increase the distribution of funds critical to updating and purchase of new equipment for police departments across the state.
Background Check for Firearm Sales (HB8) to close the loopholes on firearms sales and require universal background checks so that everyone purchasing a gun in New Mexico has to complete a background check.
Increasing Working Families Tax Credit (HB23) to return money to low- and moderate-income taxpayers.
Primary Election Participation By DTS Voters (HB93) to open New Mexico primary elections to voters who register as independent or who decline to designate a party preference.
College of Education Affordability (HB275) to offer loan forgiveness to early childhood, special education, and Native American teachers working in high-need schools to help reduce the teacher shortage in New Mexico.