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2019 Legislative Outcomes: New Mexico First Successfully Advances Consensus-Driven Legislative Priorities

Higher education, workforce development, agriculture bills led the list ..

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Meeting Voters’ Expectations for Good Government

Legislation that would establish a state ethics commission is under intense scrutiny by the media and public as two legislative proposals churn through the legislative process being considered by New Mexico legislators HB 4 (Ely/Steinborn) and SB 619 (Lopez) both entitled State Ethics Commission Act. ..

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Ethics commission research update

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Legislation to increase need-based scholarships passes the Senate Education Committee unanimously

NM SB81 - Increase Certain Scholarship Amounts (sponsored by Sen. Gay Kernan) passed the Senate Education Committee unanimously. This bill would begin to replenish New Mexico’s College Affordability Endowment Fund, helping to ensure that older, nontraditional and tribal students receive modest tuition relief when pursuing a degree or certificate program. ..

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Nominations open for the 2019 Spirit Awards!

The 2019 Spirit Awards honor public officials, civic leaders and journalists who make positive impacts in New Mexico! Nominate a leader who is advancing a stronger New Mexico. Nominees should address serious problems, attempting progress or education on major issues. All awardees put good policy or fair coverage above partisan politics.  ..

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New Mexico First advocates stronger higher education and workforce development systems

New Mexico First’s legislative platform comes from consensus‐driven town hall deliberations. The two‐day statewide town halls are typically comprised of 200 or more people representing urban, rural and tribal communities. Participants include students, parents, educators, nonprofit and business professionals, and government officials. New Mexico First is pleased to advance high priority legislation that is based on the 2018 higher ed town hall recommendations and the 2016 economy town hall recommendations. Additionally, New Mexico First supports legislation that is based on the Ag Plan. The plan was developed as the result of the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture project that began in 2016 to address unprecedented challenges to the health of the industry. Track legislation with us! Download our legislative priorities brief.  ..

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New Mexico First supports the College Affordability Fund bill before the N.M. State Legislature

Heather Balas, New Mexico First's executive director, testified before N.M. State Legislature, House Education Committee about the role of the College Affordability Fund bill and the importance of reinstating funding, a priority of New Mexico First's 2018 statewide town hall on higher education.  ..

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New Mexico overwhelmingly backs ethics commission

Multiple legislative efforts to establish an ethics commission in New Mexico have been attempted in recent years. Until this year, these efforts have failed. This week, an overwhelming majority of New Mexican voters (75%) decided to amend the constitution to create a state ethics commission. The commission will have the jurisdiction to investigate, adjudicate and issue advisory opinions concerning civil violations of laws governing ethics and standards of conduct.  ..

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Sandoval County to establish advisory council to oversee free-roaming horses

On November 8, 2018, the Sandoval County Commission passed Resolution No. 11-08-18 and its associated bylaws establishing the Sandoval County Free-Roaming Horse Advisory Council to more effectively address the management of roaming horses in the Placitas area. The council will be comprised of community members and government officials. The council will follow the Open Meetings Act and serve as the oversight body for long-term plans for the horses. ..

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Ethics, Collaboration and Healthy Elections

This week and the weeks before, many of you went to the polls and voted.  ..

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