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Legislative Updates

HB310 the early childhood program eligibility bill passed the Senate Education Committee and has now moved to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
HB333 the early childhood visiting bill passed in the House (62-0) and have now moved to the Senate Public Affairs Committee.
SB365 the early childhood visiting bill passed in the Senate (39-0) and is now assigned to the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and scheduled for a hearing on 3-7-13.
HB67 passed in the House and has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee.
SB234 the New Mexico chile advertising act violations passed Senate Judiciary Committee and is now scheduled for a vote in the Senate.  ..

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Latest updates on New Mexico First supported bills

SB319 the manufacturing single sales factor bill passed Senate Corporations & Transportation Committee and has now moved to the Senate Finance Committee. ..

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Economic development program gets hearing tomorrow

Tomorrow HB76, the main street frontier communities program, will be heard in House Appropriations & Finance Committee.  New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots economic development program that assists communities in revitalizing their traditional commercial neighborhoods. MainStreet works throughout NM to help affiliated downtown organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving local cultural and historic resources.  HB76 would appropriate $100,000 from the general fund to the MainStreet Program of the Economic Development Department.    ..

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New Mexico First supported bills are steadily moving through the legislature

A lot has happened in the last few days!

HB238
would expand the chile advertising act. It passed the House 69-0 and now moves on to the Senate Conservation Committee.

HB310
on K-3+ program eligibility passed the House 63-0 and now moves on to the Senate Education Committee.
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Water planning bills being heard in committee today and Friday

Participants in the Centennial Town Hall ranked water planning their #1 recommendation. There are three bills on state and regional water planning being considered in hearings today and  one bill on Friday. New Mexico First will have representation at these hearings. Join us if you can!

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Early childhood bills moving steadily along

New Mexico schools are one step closer to continuing and expanding the K-3 Plus early childhood development program.  HB310 amends the public school code to change the programs’ eligibility. Under this bill, schools whose students are at the 80 percent poverty level or an elementary school graded D or F by the Public Education Department would be eligible for the program.  This week HB310 passed in the house 63-0.  The next stop for HB310 is the Senate.  
 
Similarly, SB365 and HB333 passed their first legislative committee hearings.  These bills would strengthen NM's home visiting efforts, which are a proven early childhood development strategy. The bill would require the Children, Youth and Families Department to adopt and disseminate rules by which the standards-based home visiting program will operate.  HB333 is expected to be heard next in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, and SB365 is expected to be heard next in the Senate Finance Committee.  ..

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Energy planning memorial quickly moves through the legislature

There is a quick update on HJM8 the Electric Transmission Capacity Review memorial.  This week the memorial passed 62-1 in the house, and is now headed for the Senate Rules Committee. Kudos to the advocates of this bill.

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New Mexico First will hold facilitation skills training workshop - Sign up today!

New Mexico First will hold its annual facilitation skills training workshop April 15-16 in Albuquerque. The event will provide a well-defined, step-by-step approach to learn how to run productive meetings. Whether you want to serve on a leadership team for our future events or lead groups at your own organization, we encourage you to attend. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: ..

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Energy memorial passes committee unanimously

Update: New Mexico First is pleased to announce that the energy transmission planning memorial (HJM8) passed unanimously in the House Energy & Natural Resources Committee.  Four participants from the town hall testified, contributing to the hearing’s success.  Special thanks to Representative Brian Egolf for sponsoring this bill.  ..

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STEM standards bill passes committee; funding for broader STEM initiative may be in trouble

Updates: There was activity on two STEM items this week: 1) legislation to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards; and 2) funding for the governor’s STEM initiative. Both items align to the STEM Summit, convened by NM Partnership for Math & Science Education. The standards bill (HB67) passed the House Education Committee yesterday after the bill sponsor, Representative Bill McCamley, made minor amendments regarding implementation timing. Cheers to Innovate+Educate for helping draft this bill. The $2M for STEM requested by the Public Education Department and Governor Martinez is currently in the executive budget but not the legislative budget. Four STEM summit attendees (including parents, a student, and an educator) attended the appropriation hearing Tuesday night and asked for the $2M.     ..

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